Missy has been living and running with diabetes for ten years. Just as she was about to move into the elite racing scene, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes because the disease often appears during childhood or adolescent years and because this form of diabetes requires insulin shots for the rest of the patient’s life. Type 1 diabetes results from an immune system response that damages the patient’s pancreas and leaves him/her unable to make insulin anymore; without insulin, a person will die within a few hours to a few days.
Missy is also in graduate school earning a PhD in U.S. History. Her research field is in U.S. Public Health. Not surprisingly, her dissertation involves diabetes history! She is in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
And, by the way, if you Google Missy, there are several Missy Foy’s! Just FYI, our runner Missy is not: a Kansas Jayhawks volleyball alum, a graduate of Colorado, an admissions liaison for Georgetown, or secretary/treasurer of a Catholic school in Arizona….
Check out Missy’s bio at Darman and Associates!
And, thanks to The Athlete’s Foot at Cameron Village for all their help!