Round Lake High senior is proof that diabetics are naturally sweet
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun December 28, 2012 4:34PM
Round Lake’s Felicia Klask was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 10. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
TYPE 1 DIABETES
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has Type 1 diabetes
Usually diagnosed in children and young adults
The body does not produce insulin, the hormone that converts sugars into energy the body can use
Treatment includes insulin injections
Updated: January 30, 2013 6:07AM
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is the most famous athlete in these parts who deals on a daily basis with Type 1 diabetes.
Felicia Klask, the top bowler on Round Lake High School’s girls bowling team, has the same illness — though, obviously, she doesn’t have Cutler’s forum for increasing public awareness of the illness.
Instead, Klask leads by example.
Through hard work and perseverance, she has developed into the top bowler in the Round Lake program and a true team leader.
A four-year varsity bowler for the Panthers, she now anchors the team — the spot reserved for the team’s high roller. At this week’s tournament at Lakes Bowl in Round Lake, she was the only Panhter to break 1,000 for six games (series of 468 and 556 for 1,024).
Round Lake coach Rebecca Hoffman appreciates the effort her top bowler puts out under sometimes physically challenging circumstances.:
“Felicia has been a huge part of this team. She brings a level of competitiveness and enthusiasm that we definitely miss during those times she’s unable to bowl with us because she had to leave school or practice early. (to address her diabetes issues),” the coach said.
For her par, Felicia conceded that the illness does come into play on the lanes.
“It definitely has an effect on how well I bowl,” he said. “When (my blood sugar) is high, I usually bowl well, but I get really moody. I have to check it every two hours, even during a tournament.”
This season has been her best in terms of performance on the lanes while wearing a Panthers bowling shirt.
“So far, I’ve made a lot of progress from last year. I’m taking better care of myself, and doing a better job handling my diabetes has definitely helped,” she said.
Felicia was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 10 years old. She said she’s been bowling for as long as she can remember.
“Having diabetes definitely doesn’t hold you back from being a good bowler if you’re willing to work at it,” she said.
And her improved scores this season are proof of that, and can serve as an inspiration to anyone who has the illness.