Welcome to my Tour de Cure Fundraising Page:
Let's beat Diabetes to its knees...
I didn’t feel well last summer; I was never sick but I consistently felt “off” and literally exhausted. I went to the doctor for what amounted to a 10-minute visit and left with a requisition for blood work. My blood work results were posted online within a few days – and a few days later my doctor confirmed that I had Type 2 Diabetes. It was also clear from the blood work that I have been Type 2 Diabetic for quite a while, it was out of control, and it was already affecting my health in other ways.
Type 2 Diabetes runs in my family – and I had the unfortunate circumstance to personally witness on a regular basis what happens when someone fails to proactively manage this disease. I decided that I would not allow this disease to manage my life, and the life of my family, as I had witnessed before.
I was put on some aggressive Diabetes medications to help bring an out of control situation under control. I set out to read a lot about this disease and put into action what I learned. I have since radically altered my diet; and almost as important, I took my anger with this circumstance and channeled it in a positive way – exercise.
It is now the end of January 2017; I eat a very controlled diet, I bike 30-40 km a day and during the past four months I have logged over 1,200 km and counting. The results are there - I have lost 60+ pounds, lowered my HbA1c from ~12 to 5, and my Diabetes is well under control. I am already on less aggressive medications and I haven’t felt this well in a very long time.
In the movie Rocky Balboa, Rocky tells his son “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” While there is no cure for Diabetes, and until there is, I plan to beat Diabetes to its knees using my bike and leave it there permanently.
On Saturday June 3 - I am going to participate in the American Diabetes Association 2017 Buffalo Niagara Tour de Cure. I am planning on biking the 65 mile/100 KM course that day. I use my bike every day to help control and beat down my blood sugar; this is an opportunity to do that while raising awareness and funds needed to hopefully one day find a cure for this disease.
I am grateful and appreciate any support you are willing to offer as I participate in this event.
Dad and Mom
Dayna and George Berry
Deb & Steve Haagsma
Fran and Hank
Jason & Brenda
Jennifer and Robert
Joel and Jen
Mr. Mark Janecek
Rich + Elsje
The Punisher Rules
The Schilstra Family
Wendy and Paul Saunders
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