When I was growing up I had a teacher who motivated this page. At age 11 I had just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and during that year's diabetes awareness week she took our class for a walk to "cure diabetes". There is nothing like being taken on a parade around the school to make you feel different, misunderstood and alone in a world. Pity she did not read up about diabetes before claiming to cure it. Now I have taken her misguided claim as my personal goal to cure diabetes (by fundraising for resources to create a cure) and running a marathon.
Lets recap about diabetes. I feel like the world has heard so much about it but it is so unknown. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks your pancreas and results in it no longer producing insulin. Type 1 Diabetics must gain insulin subcutaneously through injections or pumps. The monitoring is very intense, you have to monitor what you eat, how much you exercise, how you are feeling (insulin is a hormone), how stressed you are, if you are sick or getting sick and then decide how much insulin you take. It is hard work and getting it wrong could make your levels go up and down so much that you collapse (in my case).
This marathon is really important for me as last year I was signed up to run my first marathon. A mere three months before race-day I collapsed on two different occasions trying to get out of bed. My blood glucose levels were off and I could not support myself to stand. I have never been more scared in my life with total inability to control my body or speech. What proceeded was 9 months of insurance battles, doctor's visits and feeling sick and hopeless. At many points I thought it would be easier to give up and just hope this didn't happen again, but the thought of finally achieving my marathon got me through and made me more determined to get this right. All I want to do is create some money and awareness as today, 29 million Americans are living with the diabetes and that seems like a large group who could use my help.
Each dollar I raise will be used to support the American Diabetes Association's mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. I invite you to join me. Please support my efforts, make an impact, and to shape the future of diabetes, and click on the Donate button.
Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me!
And if you happen to be in DC on the 22nd October 2017 please feel free to stand somewhere along the 20-26.2mile mark and cheer me on :)