It's been a tough year for a lot of us. No question about it.
But one of the things that can make tough times better is spending it with others who know what your life is like: your TRIBE.
It's clear to me that "riding for diabetes" means different things to different people. And to people who are out of work, forced to retire early, and the like, that can't ALWAYS be about fundraising.
So this year, I'm asking something different: that you simply JOIN MY TEAM. Fundraise if you want to, but let's get together, share our stories, and inspire each other.
Why do I run, ride my bike, and do other things for diabetes awareness? I do it to help show the world that we CAN be physically active, we ARE eating healthy, and... WE'RE STILL DIABETIC. To reach those of us who justifiably afraid of dying in our sleep from exercise-induced extreme low blood sugars, and to let them know there are safe ways to stay healthy. To acknowledge that they see health is important to them.
OUR STORIES make a difference. In 2004, I met and started training with two #diabadasses who taught me that I AM in charge of my diabetes. It drastically improved my A1Cs JUST TO KNOW THEM. Sure, the best solution would be a cure. But in the mean time, we have to help each other.
Locally, the American Diabetes Association's focus has always been community. We are bigger, stronger, and more capable together than we are individually.
And yet, EACH ONE of us has to show up for that to happen. So here's a challenge: If you can't donate to my fundraising link: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/donsolo, join my team, TEAM RED: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/TeamRed-DFW.
Let's get out there, ride together, and share our stories.
Thank you for your continued support.
Type 1 for 50 years