Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page!
To all of my caring sponsors (family, friends, and people who know me through Jim),
Since I couldn’t write a better message that describes my life’s journey as a person living with Type 1 diabetes, I am using the message I wrote last year. Thank you, again, for taking the time to read my personal diabetes story. Three words are woven throughout my life as a person living with Type 1 diabetes...courage, inspiration and hope.
Courage: Courage started with my parents in 1961, when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. They had the courage to care for a child with a chronic disease...courage that included giving me daily insulin shots, treating my hypoglycemic episodes, and managing my meal plans and blood sugars without the help of technology. Then I had to carry on with that same courage they showed me by giving myself the daily insulin shots, pricking my fingers 5-7 times a day to check my blood glucose, and doing the best I could to manage my diabetes before the insulin pump and CGM came along. Managing my diabetes has become easier with the help of technology...insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, however, these devices are not perfect, just like diabetes is not a perfect disease. I also had to have the courage to tell others that I have diabetes, instead of hiding it because I didn't want to be different.
Inspiration: First and foremost, my inspiration comes from God. He is the one that gives me the courage, knowledge, and desire to live a healthy lifestyle so I can do my best to live with diabetes. He also gave me my support group, and my inspiration also comes from this support group...people who love me and care about me. You are the ones that support me when I am struggling with this disease as well as when things are going well. I thank God for all of you everyday! God put you in my life because He knew I would need people to help me along my journey. The three people that deserve a medal, though, are my husband, my best friend, Janet, and my mom. They know me best and always have my back. I know it can be a little difficult dealing with me at times, especially during a low blood sugar episode. Finally, my inspiration comes from all of the caring people who help me raise money each year for the ADA so they can help people affected by diabetes. I ride for those who can't ride and to help others. Tour de Cure 2018 will be my 34th year (over half of my life) riding and raising money and raising awareness for this cause. God willing, I will be riding for years to come. I can't thank you enough for your kind support year after year.
Hope: I hope and pray that one day there will be a cure for diabetes, hopefully in my lifetime.
This year marks my 56th year living with diabetes. That is why I self-donated $56 for my ride this year. I would appreciate your support and any amount you can donate. Together we can make a difference in the lives of people affected by diabetes. Every dollar donated will put the ADA one step or pedal closer to a cure. Thank you, again!
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