Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page!
I ride because I am diabetic and so is my mother. My mom was diagnosed in her 40's as a type 2 diabetic. Guess what??? I was diagnosed in December 2011 and my PCP started me on medication to help control my blood sugars. As the saying goes: "like mother like daugther". Right? WRONG!
Although we both have diabetes, our journey's were very different. My mother managed her blood sugars by diet and exercise and taking her medications. Eventually, she was able to stop all her diabetic medicine! Yay Mom!
Me, not quite so easy. I took my medications (at one point taking three different pills to help control my blood sugar) for 1.5 years and I still couldn't get my A1C to an acceptable level. So I was referred to a specialist for more tests. It ended up that I am really Type 1 and had to start insulin.
Today, with the help of my insulin pump, careful carbohydrate monitoring/calculating, and daily exercise, my sugars are finally "under control".
I set a goal to start giving back by volunteering with the ADA and signing up to ride in the 2015 Hampton Roads Tour de Cure. Go Casual Riders because our small team of six raised over $4,000 for the ride! (That's our picture above). I also have a team (the Casual Striders) that is participating in the Step Out walk in October 2015.
I am doing my best to help raise awareness and funds to find a cure within my life time so that others impacted and those that may be impacted have better choices for their future.
This year is even more special because it's the 75th Anniversary of the American Diabetes Association. No better time than now to support me in celebrating 75 years of continuous progress working to improve the lives of people with diabetes through research, advocacy and education.
I appreciate all of your support and help to Stop Diabetes!
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