In the second installment of Sean Busby’s “Diabetes Heroes” Series, Sean interviews Mike Greene who has been living an extremely active lifestyle with type 1 diabetes for 38 years. After experiencing some diabetes burnout, Mike got involved with Sean’s organization, Riding On Insulin, and it has helped re-energize his attitude!
From the time he was first diagnosed with diabetes, Mike’s parents always told him that he could do anything—that diabetes did not have to stop him. Growing up in southern California, Mike participated in all kinds of water sports, as well as dirt bike riding and desert sports. He learned to snow ski in the Bear Mountain area and ran track and cross country all through junior high and high school.
After graduating, Mike worked as a certified auto mechanic and began racing sailboats. He then moved to southern Florida where he learned to scuba dive and started racing road and mountain bikes. Throughout the 1980s, Mike had been treating diabetes with multiple daily injections. He eventually convinced his doctor to let him try out an insulin pump—something that was very new and still considered experimental at the time. He learned all he could, and in 1990, he was his doctor’s first insulin pump patient (and his only patient that was extremely active and training for multiple sports!).
Today, Mike is living in southern California as a piano tuner and is happily married to his wife and best friend, Karen. His hobbies to date include jeeping, fishing and camping. Mike’s motto is: “The sky is the limit; only you can limit the things you do.”