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June 3, 2007

Martin player of year

On Oct. 21, 2002, Katie Martin and her family received what could have been devastating news.

She had Type I diabetes like her maternal grandfather, who eventually die from it.

Her parents cried.

She refused to feel sorry for herself. Martin would miss two months of school that year because of various treatments, but would be the tri-valedictorian of her eighth-grade class at Cimarron.

“It’s only a challenge if you make it a challenge,’’ Martin said. “You need to keep your blood sugar under control — that’s a challenge in itself — but there’s no limit to what you can do.’’

Martin lived up to her words in being voted by area coaches the Enid News & Eagle North-west Oklahoma Slow-Pitch Softball Player of the Year.

“It’s really cool,’’ she said about the honor. “All the hard work that I put in, I didn’t think I was being noticed. I guess I was by a lot of people.’’

She has benefited by advances in treating the disease. Martin monitors her blood sugar through an insulin pump. Instead of having to take four shots a day, she needs a shot only every third day.

“It’s made life a little interesting,’’ Martin said. “I used to be able to blow and go. Now I can get sick if I blow and go too much.’’

She checks her blood sugar between innings and games. If it gets too low, she drinks a lot of Gatorade and takes glucose tablets.

“I can do whatever I want,’’ Martin said. “I just need to cover it with insulin.’’

Martin has to avoid getting too hot or sweaty. Her blood sugar once went over 600 during a district tournament her junior year in fast-pitch, which technically, she said, should have put her in a coma.

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