Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) When Binghamton Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn was just 11 years old, he discovered that he had Type 1 Diabetes.
“I thought the world was coming to an end,” Vaughn said of the scary realization. “[At that time], all I’ve known is baseball.”
But Vaughn would soon understand that wasn’t the case at all. As long as he took certain precautions, he could live a normal life, even with the disease. The key is in continually monitoring his blood sugar levels. And to do that, Vaughn carries a pump and monitor in his back pocket during games.
“Basically I have to test my blood sugar,” he said.
After seeing the reading from the meter, Vaughn knows how many carbs and how much insulin he needs to consume in order to keep his body in check. By paying close attention to his blood sugar levels, he’s able to continue in the pursuit of his dream—playing in the major leagues.
“If I want to make it to the big leagues and give myself the best chance, I really have to stay on top of this,” Vaughn said. “Not even for baseball, but for life in general. I don't want to be 40 years old and have to get my leg amputated or something. I want to be able to live the best life I could possibly live and that's just keeping it under control."
As Vaughn continues to play with the disease, he serves as in inspiration to others in the same situation. Knowing this, he actively tries to instill his powerful message: Don’t let the disease stop you from doing what you want to do.
“I like going out to different communities and telling them that I have diabetes,” he said. “Don't let diabetes conquer your dreams, and that you can do whatever you would like to do."