October 20, 2016
BENEFITING: American Diabetes Association, Inc.
EVENT: Women's Series Tour de Cure
EVENT DATE: Oct 23, 2016
Susan Walia wrote -
Hi, I'm Susan. I have diabetes on both sides of my family, and my dad struggled his entire life before dying from diabetes related issues. I was pre-diabetic nearly my whole life and in 2009 was formally diagnosed with Type 2. I was put on Metformin and Glipizide and after we got the dose correct I struggled for 6 years to reverse it. I started bike riding and participated in Aids Life Cycle riding my bike from SF to LA four times, 2010 to 2013. I also struggled with my diet, went off sugar and caffeine and cut my carbs significantly but my battle with weight and diabetes was unsuccessful.
Early in 2014 my blood glucose began rising and by summer of 2015 my blood sugar was testing in the 400 to 500's range and my doctor could not put it off any longer; I was put on insulin only to find I was insulin resistant. As if that wasn't the most crushing blow, my doctor told me about the only other option I could try - and before she told me she prefaced it by saying "but it is very drastic". Her suggestion was bariatric surgery. She didn't know much about it or the science behind it, but sent me off to do my own research. I was crushed. I didn't think I was so fat that I needed weight loss surgery and that is all that I heard from her. I didn't hear that it was a new-ish procedure that had lots of positive results. I didn't hear that it was the last option I had to "cure" my diabetes. I didn't hear that it could possibly save my life.
After doing all my research, I hadn't found a single health care professional that told me I should not do it. In fact, I tried really hard to find someone to talk me out of it. I had Vertical Gastric Sleeve surgery last October and as of today I am diabetes free. My life has done a 180 degree turn around. Not only am I diabetes free, I've lost weight, I have more energy, my regular exercise is easier than ever and I'm out-performing my former work out regimen. I still monitor my blood sugar daily partly because I'm still skeptical and partly because I'm still in disbelief, but mostly because I just don't want to end up where I was a year ago.
So I'm doing this bike ride to support the ADA and those that still suffer from diabetes and related complications. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for a solution to my diabetes and to have my life back.
Please help me in my fundraising goal to raise $1,000 to support the ADA and others who have diabetes. You might not think your gift will make a difference, but it will! No matter how small, it will all add up and help so many. Please click on the link below to learn how your gift will be used:
ABOUT THE EVENT
Location: Shadow Cliffs Park - 2500 Stanley Blvd - Pleasanton, CA
Routes: 55 miles
Fundraising Goal: $1k
Why am I riding in the Women’s Series Tour de Cure? To Make a Difference While Having Fun!
The 3rd annual Women’s Series Tour de Cure is the only female-focused Tour de Cure event in the country designed specifically for women of all fitness levels. They want to celebrate ME!
By riding, I'll make a difference in the lives of people affected by diabetes. I'll be part of hundreds of women passionate about being healthy and inspiring others to join the fight to Stop Diabetes and support the mission of the American Diabetes Association. I'll enjoy great food, make new friends, and experience an incredible level of camaraderie!
Want to learn more about the American Diabetes Association? Watch this insightful video on how ADA uses its funds to fuel the mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Whether you are with me in spirit, participating with me the day of the event, or supporting my fundraising event - thank you so much for your support!