Why I Ride

It’s a funny thing, I don’t share this blog with most people. I am a little voice in the greater DOC, but I ask friends to follow or read it. Why? because I am content writing and if someone finds this blog, great. If not, I am ok with it. My writing, when I write, is not about likes, comments, or follows. If it helps someone great, that’s why I exist.

So maybe you found this link on Facebook and said, “Well I was told to click this link and read this post, so here I am.” Thank you for that. This post is for those who hate the horribly long Facebook posts, this is for the tl;dr people who want to take the time to read something.

Today starts ride season for JDRF, they have started sharing posts on their Instagram of all their riders at La Crosse, WI. So many people gathered for this great cause. People with connections to type-1 diabetes all riding together for a common cause. To fund the research necessary to cure type-1 diabetes.

So if you know what diabetes is and are not subject to the stupid stereotypes out there, please skip this paragraph. I am helping people learn. But if you think type-1 diabetes is caused by eating sweet things, if you shared a picture of a giant cookie with a comment of “who wants to get diabetes with me?” or something else as stupid as that, stick around. This information is from the JDRF website, “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone that converts food to energy for your body. Diet or lifestyle are not factors in the onset of type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes and there is currently no cure.”

That last line, there is no cure for type-1 diabetes, that is important. Diet and exercise will not fix this. Cinnamon, acupuncture, or a Tibetan monk with little bells and cymbals over the body to realign my chakra are not going to fix this. More so, insulin is not a cure. It is a means of survival. It is a means to allow me to eat and not experience a high blood sugar and the issues associated with that.

Here’s the thing, too much insulin can kill me and not enough insulin can kill me. Basically people with type-1 diabetes are walking on a tight rope over a pool of crocodiles. Yes, that is a Haunted Mansion reference.

All of what I write is the reason behind why I ride and help fund the JDRF and their mission to find that cure. Talk to anyone with diabetes, it is a giant pain in the ass. I don’t let this chronic condition weigh me down, but the reality is, it is a chronic condition. What that means is “A disease that persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear.” This is with me for life. At least until a cure is found.

There are many glimpses on the horizon as to possible cures or more so better treatment options, but I will hopefully continue to ride until that happens. I ride for those people who all want the same thing, a cure. I ride for all of my friends with type-1, for all of those who have children that have type-1, but also just for anyone affected by this chronic condition.

So if you stuck with this post this long, I thank you. Know I am grateful for your help and support. But know I will keep asking for donations until the promised CURE comes about.

Look at those faces, how can you not think about helping them? Plese think about making a donation. Not just for me, but really for all of us with type-1. Every donation means the world to us.


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