There is so much confusion about people living with diabetes. A lot of folks out there associate diabetics with being overweight, having a poor diet, low energy, being sickly etc. etc. Many people do not realize that diabetes is manageable and those living with it can still live full, active and healthy lives!
That’s why I was so happy when Oscar Insurance invited me to share my story in honor of National Diabetes Month. Oscar provides health insurance in New York and New Jersey and focuses on using technology to make understanding insurance simple and intuitive. They have a fresh approach to health care and offer a ton of features that allow members to be proactive about their health. Any company that offers a gym reimbursement program is seriously playing a big part in helping their members stay healthy!
I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was 10 years old, so was pretty conscious about my health and lifestyle choices at an early age. I was always active as a kid, and I ran track off and on in high school, but it wasn’t until college that I really started to take control of my diabetes. Since I moved away from home, I didn’t have my parents there to remind me to eat right and check my BG throughout the day. It was up to me to take control of my health, so I dove into learning everything I could about my illness, and started becoming more actively engaged in the online diabetes community. It was also around that time that I started running again. It started off slow, running a mile or two a couple times a week, then I began to sign up for 5k’s with my friends just for fun.
Two years ago, one of my running buddies encouraged me to sign up for a half marathon, and we started a training schedule together. Keeping the consistent workouts really helped me with my health routine–I felt better and had a lot more energy! After that first half marathon, I caught the runners high! I signed up and completed my first marathon six months later and this summer, I completed my first triathlon! I continue to train and push myself to achieve the impossible. Right now, I’m working on improving my PR’s for each event and my new goal is to run a marathon or triathlon in all 50 states!
I’ve never allowed my illness define me or hold me back and will continue to live a high powered life! After all, diabetes is a word, not a sentence!