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the “Tour for a Cure”, full speed ahead!!!

walk for the cure

Being given the diagnosis of Type I or Type II diabetic is like a punch in the gut.  I was 12 or 13 and can remember feeling very alone.  No one else in the neighborhood, my school, or family had even had it.   I saw the fear and confusion in the faces of several friends at work after being told they had Type II, and my heart went out to them, and I remembered back to my diagnosis all those years ago and how I felt.  Many years later I learned about the different events and rallys being held in support of finding a cure for this disease.   I have always donated to several associations yearly, however, I never felt the full impact of the numbers of people who benefit from these donations until I did my first 5K walk for diabetes.

Pulling up to the event and  walking into the crowd of people, young and old, all with there own personal relationship with diabetes, I truly felt connected.  Not knowing anyone there, just simply going through the sign-up and listening to people around me who are “regulars” at these events, I felt a kinship.  Needless to say, I soon was conversing with others and enjoying the events, but it wasn’t until we began the walk, looking ahead and behind me at the numbers of people who gathered in this place, who were affected by diabetes, and that they were all together to help,  well,  needless to say, my eyes watered up numerous times.  I felt as if I was walking with all their arms around me, even though I did not know a single one personally.    Sounds kind of silly I know, however, I’m getting misty right now remembering this feeling and trying to put it into words.  I’ve done several since, and always get this feeling of overwhelming warmth and companionship.

It is now spring, walking, running and biking weather, so I recommend you do yourself a huge favor and attend one of these events.  You don’t even have to complete the walk if you are not able, but the attempt is uplifting, physically and spiritually, and we can all use a day of up-beat, energetic people around us.  Please be careful to bring monitors, meds and treats for a safe walk or run, remember  be “proactive”.   If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know to be prepared.   You can find these events in your local bulletins, newspapers or get on one of the websites; Diabetes Forecast for example has a great list,    diabetes.org/tour.  Last years Tour de Cure,  raised over 29 million dollars!!!

DIABETES CONFERENCES and EVENTS 2013 2014 2015 USA Canada UK Europe India Australia China World – Medical Conferences and Medical CME 2013 2014 2015: USA Canada UK Europe China Asia

DIABETES CONFERENCES and EVENTS 2013 2014 2015 USA Canada UK Europe India Australia China World – Medical Conferences and Medical CME 2013 2014 2015: USA Canada UK Europe China Asia.

Diabetes Mellitus: Causes, Management, And Tips To Keep It At Bay

diabetes_mellitus

Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body makes use of glucose, a form of sugar, which is our major source of energy. We acquire glucose from the food we eat and when it gets into our bloodstream, our pancreas generates a hormone known as insulin that assists the sugar to get inside our cells for use as energy. However, if one has diabetes mellitus, the body either cannot create sufficient insulin, which is the cause of type 1 diabetes, or the insulin no longer works as expected because the cells are no longer sensitive to it, which typifies type 2 diabetes. Either way, the glucose is unable to enter the cells normally, and thus the concentration of sugar in the blood increases, which brings about several symptoms. Read more »

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