Welcome to Stuart's Tour de Cure Web Page!
Wow what a late start but you all should be used to that by now and I really appreciate the way you continue to support me each year. With the "sunny" spring I have a whopping 200 training miles in so far. Still planning to ride 62.5 Miles to raise money for the ADA.
I hope that even with my short notice I can reach the goal this year.
Thanks and I hope to ride in the sunshine this year vs. the monsoon last year.
Riding in the TDC for the 5th time. My how time flies ! This year I was able to get rid of one of the devices I have to carry as my CGM now talks directly to my Iphone. If I could only get Siri to read me the info that would be nice. Apparently she is too busy. Speaking of too busy, this spring has been a whirlwind of UAlbany sports with LAX and Baseball and the ride has snuck up on me again. I don’t have too much time to reach my $$ goal. The weather has been mostly uncooperative and my training rides very limited so it’s going to have to be an adrenaline ride.
Thank you for your past support and it really makes a difference in the lives of many people living with Diabetes.
Hope you can support the TDC again this year as it means a lot to me.
Thank You !
This year will be my 4th ADA Tour de Cure ride. Still no cure but they are getting closer every day. New Diabetes cases and diagnoses are still seems like a runaway train but we need to everything we can to stop it. I am on the Red Rider commitee this year and one of my goals is to increase the number of Red Riders so if you know of someone with Diabetes (Type 1 or 2) let them know that the TDC is an awesome day and we raised $1.3M last year to combat the disease we have. 10 Miles is the shortest distance so ANYBODY can do it. There was a guy last year who did it on a unicycle and also plenty of people that did it on a "vintage" bicycle.
My fundraising goal is $5K this year and with your support I know I'll reach it. Thanks again for your support the prior 3 rides.
PS. Going for the Metric Century this year.
Hello All ,
This year will be my 3rd TDC ride . Unfortunately I am still a T1 diabetic . This year was a roller coaster for me with times of great sugar control and other times that were no so good . Overall I think I am settled in for the long haul now and I am trying to have my routines be as easy as possible . There is a lot of new research and clinical trials coming up to either cure or minimize the effects of diabetes . I am riding to raise money for this effort . As usual I am starting late (surprise) in my fund raising efforts . So for all my loyal donors last year , we were in the top ten individual donors . That was awesome considering there are people out there who lose $7k in the sofa cushions . I will be riding a Venezuelan Century this year which is Henry's 62.5 ish mile trek . I was hoping for the 100 this year but our spring weather was lousy and training rides were few . Lets try to crack the top ten again . Thank You so much for supporting this cause !
PLEASE SUPPORT ME IN THE TOUR DE CURE !
MY STORY CONTINUED...
THIS YEAR AT THE TOUR DE CURE MARKS MY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH SOME VERY COOL GADGETS THAT HELP ME MANAGE MY TYPE 1 DIABETES. JUST BEFORE THE RIDE LAST YEAR I STARTED WEARING AN OMNIPOD INSULIN PUMP. IT HAS TAKEN ME MANY MONTHS TO GET USED TO IT AND MANY MORE TO GET MY BLOOD LEVELS CONSISTENT. EVERY 3 DAYS I HAVE TO CHANGE THE PUMP AND PUT IT IN A NEW SPOT WHICH MAY SOUND LIKE A PAIN BUT IT ONLY TAKES A COUPLE MINUTES TO DO AND THE RESULTS ARE WELL WORTH IT. I DONT KNOW HOW PEOPLE MANAGE WITHOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS BUT MANY DO. I COULDN\'T IMAGINE THIS 20 OR 30 YEARS AGO.
MY OTHER GADGET IS A CGM (CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE METER). I WEAR IT ON MY ARM USUALLY AND IT RUNS 7 DAYS OR SO BEFORE I HAVE TO MOVE IT TO A NEW SITE. IT HAS A SMALL NEEDLE THAT GOES INTO MY ARM AND IS ATTACHED TO A VERY SMALL TRANSMITTER THAT TAKES MY BLOOD LEVELS EVERY 5 MINUTES DISPLAYS IT ON ANOTHER DEVICE I HAVE TO CARRY. THE CGM IS LITERALLY A LIFESAVER FOR ME BECAUSE BLOOD SUGARS CAN DROP VERY RAPIDLY AND WITHOUT CONSTANT TESTING OF MY FINGERS (I HAVE A BILLION HOLES IN MY FINGERS) YOU NEVER KNOW HOW YOU ARE TRENDING. IT HAS ALARMED ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT A FEW TIMES WHICH IS GREAT. BIKING WITH THE CGM IS HANDY TOO BECAUSE I NEED TO EAT QUITE A BIT TO RIDE AND I DON\'T HAVE TO STOP NOW TO CHECK MY SUGAR LEVELS.
SO I HAVE BEEN SETTLING IN TO THIS NEW LIFESTYLE AND WISH TO PARTICIPATE AND RAISE MONEY TO FIRST HELP FIND A CURE AND SECOND, ADVANCE NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR MANAGING DIABETES. EVEN WITH ALL THE GADGETS I HAVE, ITS STILL A FULL-TIME JOB THAT NEVER GETS A VACATION OR DAY OFF.(KIND OF LIKE MY OTHER JOB !)
I KNOW EVERONE HAS THEIR OWN CAUSES THEY SUPPORT AND MONEY IS TIGHT BUT IF YOU COULD FIND SOME FOR THIS CAUSE IT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND TO FUND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AND TO SOME DAY CURE THIS DISEASE WHICH IS UNFORTUNATELY GROWING AT A VERY HIGH RATE FOR BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS. ALSO, AS YOU KNOW I TEND TO BE "LAST MINUTE" SO IF YOU COULD COMPLETE THE DONATION BY FRIDAY OR SATURDAY I WOULD APPRECIATE IT.
PS. Last year I (we) raised approx $4500 which put me 14th on the individual fundraiser list for Saratoga. The entire Saratoga Tour raised over $1M. THANK YOU VERY MUCH !
MY STORY - LAST YEAR
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Diabetes in February of 2011. I remember getting the call from my doctor with the results of my blood test from my annual physical. He said my fasting sugar was 376 and my A1C was 10.2 I said is that bad ? He said I need to get back to his office ASAP so I guessed it was. I called my friend Tom who happened to be a type 1 diabetic and he said that those numbers were not great too. What happened next would change my life forever.
My doctor gave me a prescription for some medications as a Type 2 diabetic, a blood test kit and set me up for nutritional counseling. The nutritionist put me on a diet to lose weight and hopefully control my blood sugar, she told me all the things that will happen to me if I dont change my eating and exercise habits. 50 yrs of eating whatever I want had finally caught up with me. The thought of potentially losing my sight, feet, or worse made me change that day. Over the next months I lost 30 more pounds for a total of about 50lbs and got my blood sugar under control.
At my 90 day checkup, my A1C was 6.9 which is great considering where I started. I started biking again which is great exercise and very effective in controlling my blood sugar. Dr. M said keep up the good work and you may come off meds someday. What happened next was a shocker. My sugars went right back to where they started for no explanation. After a few weeks of trying everything to get my sugar back under control, I saw an endocrinologist and was diagnosed Type 1. Wow. I felt like I just got a death sentence. My good friend Tom talked me down off the ledge as he has been Type 1 for a long time and I had watched him go through all the daily rituals of a diabetic. Now it was going to be me for the rest of my life.
I started on insulin injections last August. I take 1 daily shot of long-acting insulin and then short-acting insulin with each meal. On an average day I get 4 shots and prick my fingers for a blood glucose check 6 times. Needless to say, this has impacted my life in a way I could not imagine. While feeling down about my condition and probably sorry for myself too, I started to think about what other people go through with diseases that can not be controlled and then about all the kids who have this disease and must live their childhood in a completely different way. Others clearly have it worse than me so I'll figure out how to live my life with Diabetes.
I am riding to help raise money for research in hopes they will find a cure someday. Technology today is very advanced and I will be getting an insulin pump and continuous glucose meter to help me manage things better. Someday soon they will merge these 2 devices into something that will mimic what a pancreas can do. Thats not a cure but it will certainly make living with Diabetes easier. A cure would be better but realistically it will take a lot more time and money.
I was hoping to ride 100 Miles on Sunday but I am still figuring out how to fuel my body for a ride like that. Its a long way too ! I will ride the 62 Miles with some friends and family this year. They promised to tow me home if I get in trouble (right Paul?). I've done a couple 55mi rides so I should be able to survive the 62.
I am asking you to join me in the effort to Stop Diabetes by making a contribution to support my ride. More than 25 million Americans live with diabetes, and your support can and will make a difference in their lives. Please help by making a donation - large or small - to support the work of the American Diabetes Association.
Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
I should have signed up a few weeks ago to give everyone more time but you all know me well. I'm a last minute guy with hopes of changing. I am truly a work in progress now.
PS. On Friday I get my insulin pump, a full two days before the ride. OK that was close too.
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