An avid runner, I have been managing endurance running with diabetes for over 35 years including being on an insulin pump for longer than 20 years. My rare type of diabetes, MODY (maturity-onset diabetes in youth), provided none of the typical systems when I was diagnosed in my early thirties. I was slim, active and without any family history of diabetes. And worse: it was an aggressive form. My endocrinologists were not sure why I became a diabetic, and I had to find out.
My quest to learn inspired me to transition from a career in materials engineering into medicine at the age of 34. I am now in my mid-60s. I often questions from friends and family asking for help in endurance training and managing diabetes. I have participated in over 25 marathons, 5 ultras, and numerous shorter distance races. I am actively pursuing the study of toxins in food that may disrupt the hormonal system. I have discovered chemicals in foods that cause the elevation of hemoglobin A1C, but not blood sugar.
My goal is to qualify for the Boston marathon in 2017. I am excited to partner with the Joslin Clinic in this endeavor. Together, we can use the experience of 2016 as a Team Joslin Charity Runner, first for me to train to qualify and to study and secondly, to share my insights gained over four decades of managing my illness and challenging myself to know and avoid common pitfalls, fad diets, and to develop a method of exercising and training in planning your runs that will change your health whether you are diabetic or not.
The veteran team at Joslin provides valuable feedback during my regular checkups. They are an important partner in my journey of self-experimentation to successfully understand and manage this disease. As a runner for Team Joslin, I look forward to raising funds to support the important work Joslin does to treat and prevent diabetes, and I am eager to connect with others interested in learning more about fitness and health.
I see life as an endurance race, and I am grateful to you for the opportunity to share this journey. Thank you in advance for choosing to support me and the 2016 Joslin Team.
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