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Country Star Eric Paslay Felt 'Broken' by Type 1 Diabetes — But Now He's 'Rocking at Life' 1

Country music star Eric Paslay way back misplaced monitor of the variety of occasions he’s interrupted a live performance to take just a few swigs from the pink Solo cup he retains perched on a close-by stool, up on stage with him.

“The crowd will be cheering, ‘Chug! Chug! Chug!’” Paslay says with amusing. “I don’t always tell them it’s not beer— and that it’s actually a big batch of orange juice, which is my go-to when my blood sugar level is really crashing.”

Diagnosed with kind 1 diabetes when he was 10, the laidback, bushy-bearded singer-songwriter has lengthy been centered on altering the best way individuals — and particularly different diabetics — take into consideration this autoimmune dysfunction that impacts 1.25 million. (Another 28 million within the U.S. have kind 2 diabetes.)

“I’ve always wanted to make sure that type 1 diabetics know that there are others out there just like them who are rocking at life and that they’re not alone,” says the 36-year-old “Friday Night” singer.

Earlier this 12 months, Paslay spent a number of weeks interviewing different kind 1 diabetics for his podcast Level With Me about how they handle this persistent sickness that impairs the physique’s capability to course of blood sugar.

“Sharing stories and promoting camaraderie with other diabetics,” he says, “is a great way to make everyone feel like they’re part of a community and not alone.”

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It was Paslay’s grandmother, a nurse’s help in Temple, Texas, who first seen that one thing was flawed together with her grandson.

“I’d always go over to her house and play,” recollects Paslay, whose nice uncle had been identified with the dysfunction years earlier. “I’d run inside, chug a glass of water, go pee, head back outside, then 10 minutes later do it all over again.”

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Paslay admits that the well being situation at occasions left him feeling like he was “broken,” however he additionally credit it with forcing him “to grow up a little faster” than his classmates.

“In a way I’m very much grateful to have been given something that got me out of my comfort zone as a kid,” says Paslay, who welcomed a child lady, Piper, together with his spouse Natalie in December 2018. “It’s definitely helped me step out on stage every night to sing and be completely vulnerable.”

For extra on Eric Paslay, choose up the newest challenge of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. 

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