Platinum-selling country music singer and songwriter
A dangerously close call
Eric Paslay was just a normal kid growing up in Abilene, Texas, learning to play guitar and dreaming of making it big in the music world. One day, his grandma noticed him drinking too many fluids and rushed him to the doctor. His blood glucose level had spiraled out of control—to nearly 500. This led to an unexpected diagnosis: Type 1 Diabetes.
Learning to live without limits
Soon after his diagnosis, Eric’s parents enrolled him in the Texas Lions Camp, where he met amazing doctors and learned a lot about living with diabetes and maintaining his health. This was the start of his quest to live life to the fullest with diabetes.
A difficult creative journey
Being a musician on the road has never been easy for Eric; touring makes it tough to keep a regular routine. But Eric never let his disease stop him from fulfilling his dream. He discovered continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which allowed him to stay in control of his blood sugar so he can record and perform music.
Using the Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System helps Eric stay informed about his glucose trends and patterns, and eliminates surprises when he’s on stage – he can see his levels go up or down or if he is out of range. With the Share feature1 his tour manager can also keep an eye on his levels from backstage while he’s in the middle of the show. He can get into a song and put on an amazing show for fans without suffering from irritability due to high blood sugar. It has made such a big impact for Eric, both on stage and off, that he isn’t sure how he ever lived without it.
With a combination of CGM, courage, and determination, Eric has realized his dream in bigger ways than he could have imagined—he has celebrated five No. 1 hits and earned nominations for GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of The Year. Through his music career, Eric hopes to spread awareness of CGM by empowering those impacted by diabetes to become educated about their options to make sure they are taking care of themselves. He regularly performs concerts and meets with campers at Texas Lions Camp for children with special needs, and he supports JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 Diabetes research.
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