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In July, 2008 (45 years old), I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My Mom, Dad and older brother are all Type 2 so I wasn’t surprised at the diagnosis but was shocked to be faced with it at that age. I am fortunate to have a Physician who explained this diagnosis in very clear terms: “I can go on with my current lifestyle and he will keep me alive with meds having to increase dosages and types over the years and someday will become insulin dependent. In the meantime, I will potentially be faced with all sorts of medical issues (loss of limbs, loss of eyesight, impotence and many more) and will probably die prematurely from complications from Diabetes. Or, I can start eating better and exercising more and stave off these issues and live a life much closer to normalcy”. The next day I was in the gym doing spin class. I could only manage 30 minutes on the bike at first but soon I was pounding out one hour classes and working hard. I shed about 30 lbs. in a matter of a few months and feeling better than I had in a very long time. The next step was a road bike and then I discovered the joy of riding and the stress that I left on the road.
In 2012, I set a goal to ride my first Century at the “Hotter’n Hell 100” in Wichita Falls in August. Along the way I was doing local rallies; increasing my endurance at each step. I chose the DFW Tour de Cure as one of those training rides thinking that raising a few dollars for my disease while training was a double bonus. That ride transformed me; getting to know other diabetic riders, learning about the ADA and what they do for us Diabetics, and seeing the impact they are making gave me a new cause. After I made my century goal in August, I went on to ride the Houston Tour de Cure a month later (my second century).
On the drive back home from the Houston TdC, I came up with a goal for 2013: “1,000 miles of Tour de Cure’s and raise $10,000”. I made that goal and in 2014 rode 1,625 miles and raised $12,000. In 2015, I rode 8 events, 1,076 miles and raised nearly $8,000. In 2016, I rode another 8 events, 1,049 miles and raised $9,000. In total, I have ridden in 42 events for 4,916 miles and raised nearly $47,000.
2017 is a little different for me. Last October I was involved in a cycling related accident where I broke my hip, collar bone and two ribs. I am now riding a recumbent trike so going much slower and am much lower to the ground. The DFW Tour will be my one and only Tour this year.
Even though I have diabetes, I feel blessed. I am blessed that I can control my diabetes with diet, exercise and low doses of oral meds. I am blessed that I am healthy enough to ride my bike for a cause and truly blessed to have a support group that has helped me raise nearly $47,000. I am inspired by my Type 1 friends who depend on insulin to stay alive; who battle daily with a delicate balance of insulin and carbohydrates and the highs and lows that they struggle with. I am inspired by the kids who are faced with a disease they don’t understand which makes them live their lives differently than their friends; and their parents who have to help them struggle with managing insulin shots, finger pricks, and the right amount of food each day. I am inspired by my Type 2 friends and family that have to deal with the health issues associated with Diabetes (I have a friend who is now blind in one eye and struggling to keep his sight in the other). While I know that my contributions to fight Diabetes are small in the grand scheme of things, I am inspired by the prospect that those contributions, along with all of the others who share this cause with me, may someday bring a cure for this disease.
So I ride; I ride to stay healthy and to fight off the eventual effects that diabetes will have on my body. And I ride the Tour de Cure to raise money so that someday this scourge on people will be wiped away forever. Please help with your sponosorship.
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