Trampoline gymnast Charlotte Drury is opening up about how she persevered after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one month before the first Olympic trial.
Drury, who will be a member of Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, said she felt something was wrong, but brushed off her concerns as depression and stress from training and going to school during a pandemic.
It wasn't until she got to the Women's Gymnastics National Team camp in March when she realized she could no longer ignore what she was feeling.
"I spent the last year, busting my ass, and pushing through the hardest trainings of my life to show up at national team camp in March and watch the other girls out jump me by miles," Drury wrote on Instagram.
On the way home from camp, she decided to make a doctor's appointment and get blood work done. Hours later, she received a phone call from the doctor telling her she has type 1 diabetes and that it was "urgent that I come in immediately."
Drury, 25, said her reaction was, "...i'm sorry what."
"I didn’t go into practice for a week. I didn’t even consider continuing with gym. This felt insurmountable and terrifying and there was just no way I could figure out how to manage a life changing diagnosis and get into Olympic shape in time for the first trial in 3 weeks," she wrote.
She credited Logan Dooley, a three time Olympian and trainer, with convincing her to push through her diagnosis and attend the Olympic trials.