Elizabeth Profit is an upcoming young professional tennis star who has been living with type 1 diabetes for years. The USTA-ranked teen is on the road competing in tournaments and hoping to earn a spot in the US Open. Elizabeth counts on the support of her family and her coach as she works to achieve her dreams while traveling the world. She’s committed to helping others living with diabetes achieve their dreams as well. Elizabeth has become active in JDRF, most recently as a panelist for the Everyday Life with T1D at the JRDF Greater Los Angeles chapter. Elizabeth recently dished with The DX.
What is your state of mind about type 1 diabetes today?
I feel good! Type 1 diabetes is just a part of my life.
What words would you use to describe who you are?
Funny and witty.
How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?
I don’t think it’s changed who I am. But I do have to be more patient because of it … and I’m naturally not a patient person at all!
What inspires you to do what you do?
My mom and my sister, because they put so much effort into what I’m doing. I want to make them proud.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Loyalty and honesty.
What would you pack for your favorite vacation and where would you go?
I want to go back to the Virgin Islands. I would pack a bathing suit and a book. Right now, I’m re-reading Water for Elephants.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Grapes, oranges, and tortillas. We made burritos for dinner recently.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
Listening to music! Right now my favorite song is “How Good Is Your Love” by Mateo.
What is your idea of happiness?
When I grow up, I want to be chilling out with my family, friends, my dogs, and a husband.
What do you most dislike?
People who aren’t honest.
What’s your favorite diabetes management tip?
Don’t get discouraged dealing with the needles and going to the doctors all the time. It takes time to do everything – finger pokes, needle pokes. Know that it’s a little bit scary for everybody.
What words do you try to live by?
You only live once, so you might as well fly by the seat of your pants.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m afraid of bugs, especially giant cockroaches!
What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m trying to save my money for a car. I still have to get my permit and license.
On what occasion do you lie?
I lie about little things, but people can always figure it out because I have a big grin on my face. I’m not a good liar.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I don’t think I’d change anything. If they weren’t who they are, then I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom, and retired tennis player Marat Safin.
What would you choose for your last meal?
A Double-Double® from In-N-Out Burger [a West Coast-based chain] with fries and a large lemonade.
What are you looking forward to right now?
Just continuing to strive to be where I want to be, gaining confidence, making breakthroughs. I want to compete in a US Open, and eventually win a US Open.
Any last words of wisdom to our readers?
Follow your dreams and keep on living your life the way you want to live it. Be independent and make sure you can take care of yourself.
All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
© 2013 The DX: The Diabetes Experience