With just two weeks left to start getting serious about the Tour de Cure, I thought I'd post a little about how diabetes has effected my life in the past few years. In the fall of 2004 I had to have most of my pancreas taken out after a serious bout with gallstone pancreatitis. Within two years, I was diagnosed with diabetes-- there wasn't enough of my pancreas left to keep up with the insulin needs of my body. Initially, I only took long-acting basal insulin, but soon I was also taking bolus insulin with meals to cover the blood sugar spike associated with eating carbohydrates.
Time progressed, and eventually I ended up wearing an insulin pump 24/7. Rather than relying on a large dose of insulin that stays in my system for 24 hours, my pump gives me programmed doses of short-acting insulin continuously, and extra when I eat.
The pump has been great, but it is still a constant challenge to stay on top of it. Finding time to exercise (which has a great side-effect of leveling out blood sugar) has also been an uphill battle.
I'm a prime candidate to receive some sort of transplant or implant as cure because I don't have the underlying causes of diabetes; my body isn't killing my islet cells-- I just had to have them surgically removed. This is why I try to be active in fundraising for the American Diabetes Association.
Last year, Jakki and I first rode the Tour de Cure. This year, I think I'll be riding solo, as Jakki's pregnancy is preventing her from any serious time on a bike seat. My parents are planning on riding some of the distance with me, and some work friends who are serious cyclists will probably do a longer route. Our team site is here.
So please help me reach my fundraising goal of $150 by the Tour on May 19th by clicking the link at the top of this post. Thanks!