Phil Southerland
Competitive Cyclist and Co-Founder of Team Type 1

Phil Southerland was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was only seven months old. Doctors told his mother that he would probably lose his eyesight by the age of 20. Contrary to the doctors’ predictions, Phil is still reading, racing, and keeping his A1C under control through diet, exercise, and an insulin regimen.
Phil began competitive racing in 1994, at the age of 13. He met Joe Eldridge, a fellow passionate cyclist and competitor in college, and the two founded Team Type 1 in 2004. They wanted to prove to the world that people with Type 1 diabetes were capable of racing just as well as “normal” people. In 2006, Team Type 1 competed in the highly competitive and demanding Race Across America (RAAM), winning the first of two corporate team division titles. They did it again the following year, cycling over 3,000 miles in just over five days.
His career highlights include placing first in the Southeastern Conference Criterium Championships, 8th in the U.S. Junior National Criterium Championships, 9th in the Under 23 U.S. National Road Championships, and 12th in the U.S. Collegiate National Criterium Championships.
In 2008, Phil underwent iliac artery surgery to his left leg, cutting his season short. However, he still holds great aspirations for Team Type 1. He hopes to earn a spot for Team Type 1 in the Tour de France by 2012. He would also like to see a group health insurance plan for people with diabetes in the future.
Phil currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He actively maintains a blog, and is often featured in articles of various publications.
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Trade Paperback
Not Dead Yet
My Race Against Disease: From Diagnosis to Dominance
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

Part memoir, part sports adventure, Not Dead Yet tells the inspirational story of Phil Southerland’s battle with Type 1 diabetes and how he overcame all odds...

Against the Odds: Phil talks about the struggles that he encountered from his diabetes diagnosis as an infant to his success as a competitive cyclist and co-founder of Team Type 1. As he describes his determination to control his A1C, he speaks about the discovery of his love for cycling and the subsequent formation of Team Type 1. Phil’s talk is an inspirational reminder that nothing is ever impossible.
Leading the Charge: Phil describes his role as co-founder of Team Type 1 and how he managed to lead his team to two consecutive wins in the annual Race Across America events. He offers his insights on leadership, and how to achieve success even in the most unlikely circumstances.

Praise for Not Dead Yet

“Phil’s warm heart comes through particularly strong when he introduces the reader to adults who entered his life and served as role models and supports to both he and his mother. Phil notes, it took a village to raise him… Phil is already a diabetes champion in many senses of the word!”

“Phil Southerland has guts…. Although he had the maturity and fortitude to realize that his health is his No. 1 priority early on in life, he has had to work very hard to get where he is. He continues to work hard to achieve his goals, no matter what gets in his way. We give this book two thumbs up! Or two legs pumping, as it were.”

"My favorite diabetes book I've read in a long time! For starters, Phil is beyond inspiring before you read the book. But within a few pages, any level of admiration and respect you feel for the guy goes several notches... This is a guy who is charming as he is humble (and humbling). But it's not just his personal story of diabetes and love of sports... It's how he leads Team Type 1 (and Team Type 2) into bigger and more ambitious goals to prove that life with diabetes is no reason for us to not catch our dreams."