It was two weeks later when the blood work came back and I was diagnosed with with LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults). I was not a type 2 diabetic that could control this with diet and lifestyle changes. Over the next two months I would take countless injections and manually check my blood sugars all day long. This progressed until the doctor felt I required an insulin pump with a continuous glucose monitor. Since my diagnosis I have had a range of emotions. I’ve felt defeated, depressed, overwhelmed, and I’m not even that long into this. With all that being said, it has also had its benefits and been liberating in a strange way. I have learned to listen more to people, to enjoy small moments and victories more, and to be more kind. I never realized I was lacking until this disease gave me more compassion. Since being in the T1D community and trying to better understand myself and the disease, I recognized that many people face a different hurdle than I do. I’m lucky enough to be covered by health insurance but the rate that others are being diagnosed who don’t have insurance is alarming. There are parents and adults who don’t know how they will cover one month of insulin or supplies, not to mention a lifetimes worth. That really bothered me. There were times I would go to my fridge and look at the insulin vials I have stocked, knowing I only have just enough for me but wanting to give them away to people who couldn’t afford it. I knew that wasn’t an option as I would be risking my own health. I sat and thought about this for a while. I got angry thinking about how something that was created and designed to be free was costing so much. Why does it cost so much for a T1D to simply LIVE. Why are there children dying from this? I knew I had to do something but I wasn’t sure what. Then I saw a friend posted a hiking challenge of 365 miles in a year and I got the idea. I can walk, hike, climb 365 miles and bring awareness about Type 1 diabetes through my journey. I want to reach people who don’t know what T1D is, or how essential insulin is for us to live, and how expensive it can be. So that is why I came up with 365 miles for 365 vials. This is not something that will pass. Type 1 diabetics will need insulin every minute, hour, and meal for the rest of their lives.
My goal is to raise enough money for 365 vials of insulin to take some of the burden off of families who can’t afford it. I’m opening this journey to any diabetic that wants to join, any family member, friend, or supporter. This will be an accumulation of 365 miles. I will set up walks in the Houston and surrounding areas. (I hope others will join me!) I will walk and hike in and out state parks and forests. We also have plans to go to Montana this year and I am going to put some miles in at Glacier National Park. I hope to swim to put some miles in as well.
While I am not sure exactly where this journey will take me, it’s going to be an adventure. I really hope to meet other Type 1 diabetics and supporters along the way. I will be posting pictures and videos of my journey. I will also be taking a blood sugar trend picture on each walk. If you join me, make sure to bring your blood sugar monitor device and some snacks for a low.
Thank you for reading this and following along with my journey which I am hopeful will soon be OUR journey.