Growing up in the small town of Ludowici, Georgia, all Dustin McGowan ever wanted to do was play baseball. The last thing he expected was a type 1 diabetes diagnosis that came when he was 21 years old and pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.

There were days when McGowan worried that overwhelming fatigue would keep him on the bench. Then he had to get used to wearing an insulin pump on the mound.

McGowan, who now lives in Tallahassee with his family and coaches at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, fought back from multiple arm surgeries and a type 1 diabetes diagnosis to play professional baseball for 18 years.