My name is Lyndsay and I ran the Chicago marathon on October 9, 2011 and here I am five years later, running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2016. Five years later.. not much has changed.
Five years later –
There continues to be a misunderstanding of the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. FACT: Running and living an active lifestyle will not reverse my diabetes; in fact, it can make managing it even more challenging. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, that can strike at any age. (I happened to be three years old…)
Type 1 diabetes continues to be un-preventable and un-curable. Those with Type 1 must take insulin by injections or insulin pumps to stay alive. Hours without this hormone can lead to death. Too much of it, can also lead to death.
Type 1 diabetes continues to be an emotional burden on individuals and their families.
Type 1 diabetes continues to be a cost burden. Insulin, healthcare visits, testing supplies, durable medical equipment (insulin pump and continuous glucose monitors) for those that are blessed to have insurance even cover it in the first place…the list goes on.
Technology continues to evolve; however, the minute to minute needed self-care remains the same. Type 1 is full-time job, that no one applies for and no one wants. If you get the job, you can’t turn it down, and there is no pay, no vacation time, and no matter how bad it gets you can’t quit.
Five years later, I continue to work as a diabetes educator, each day celebrating the victories of those I work with, and encourage and comfort those that are frustrated, exhausted, and scared. Those that I have met continue to remind me daily, why I do what I do.
I continue to not let diabetes define me, and do my best to inspire others living with diabetes to see that it does not need to prevent one from reaching goals, specifically athletic goals.
“We are only controlled by what we think our limitations are.”
A quote I recently saw that I hope those with and without diabetes stir and energize…
In less than two weeks I will be participating in the Chicago Marathon, amongst thousands with various motivation/purpose for running. I am running to help raise funds for the Chicago Diabetes Project, whose focus is research for islet cell transplant therapy (cells that make insulin.) I run to continue to encourage this special family of mine, others like me to live with courage, persistence, grit and guts.
Team Cellmates on the Run is the official charity endurance team of the Chicago Diabetes Project. Individuals, many who are affected by diabetes or have diabetes themselves, train to complete a marathon or triathlon while raising funds to support diabetes research and a functional cure.
To make a donation to support a Team Cellmates on the Run participant just like Lyndsay visit https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/startup.aspx?eventid=191898.
To learn more or sign up for a 2017 event visit us online at www.cellmatesontherun.com.