Jerry

 
 

Age: 58  Year Diagnosed: 1974  Location: Long Beach, CA

 

The Diagnosis
Your food is poison
But there is an antidote
It is poison too

"The total number of marathons I've ran so far is 75. I'm a member of the Marathon Maniacs club, member #361. 

Back in 1974 I was a high school sophomore running with the JV Cross Country team. I had done OK as a freshman, but I was not improving with training that season, I was falling farther and farther behind, getting lost on long runs, losing lots of weight, having to pee all the time, you know...

Finally, my mom took me to the doctor. When he immediately had a diagnosis, I was happy that he knew what was wrong with me. I didn't know what diabetes was.
But my mom started crying.

Anyway, after they told me it was a lifetime thing, and I spent a few days in the hospital learning how to survive with it, they let me keep running.
I've heard others from the same era got exactly the opposite, wrong advice, got steered away from physical activity. I feel really lucky that I got the support I did."

JERRY ALSO RUNS A BLOG WHERE HE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCES AND HIS INCREDIBLE POETRY : http://t1d-runner.blogspot.com/