November 06, 2016
BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
At the age of 18, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My blood sugar: 948. It is an understatement to say that my first experiences with diabetes management at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA, just a T ride away from my alma mater, Tufts University, delivered serenity to my new situation. With the support of doctors & staff at the Joslin Diabetes Center, I began my life as a T1D; because of them, I started it all with a sense of independence and comfort. They cared for me as if I was a family member. And they taught me to be an informed patient. And they even paid me to participate in studies that led me to monitor more closely and to the best A1C ever since diagnosis. Without them, I would not have survived such a drastic lifestyle change during my freshman year of college. In November (around the time of the NYC marathon), that will have been 13 years ago.
5 insulin pumps (including 3 replacement ones), thousands of test strips and 4 endocrinologists later, I stand proudly as a T1D and a runner. It took endless trials to become one; finding the right basal rate for runs, determining the best blood sugar for before and after a run, and problem solving every single low blood sugar that accompanied exercise. As a T1D runner, I'm obsessed with numbers, whether that be the amount of miles I run per year or my blood sugars before, during and after my runs. Thus far, I've run 4 half marathons and my first ever marathon (Oct 2015), the Marine Corps Marathon.
I am honored to be a part of Team Joslin in this year's NYC Marathon! The funds raised by Team Joslin contribute to Joslin’s capacity to prevent, treat and cure diabetes through cutting-edge research, comprehensive patient care and pioneering education programs. Their dedication to diabetes since 1898 is admirable and worth the cause!