Race report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

It’s a week later and I finally have enough energy and post event reflection distance to write up my triathlon experience for what is my 99th or so sprint distance triathlon. Okay, I confess, I’m exaggerating. I did my very first sprint distance triathlon in July 2005, which was just 13 years ago. No way … Read moreRace report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

Confessions of a one breasted bionic endurance athlete

Eight years ago this month, I found out I had breast cancer for a second time. In August of 2010, I had the cancer infested breast cut off. I tend to be a minimalist, so I only had the one breast removed. I don’t have any genes that say I’m at genetic risk for breast … Read moreConfessions of a one breasted bionic endurance athlete

Panama exploration for internships, OH MY!

What a busy week it was in Panama.  It was work, and thankfully, I love my work! From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were in meetings here and there and everywhere! As anticipated, everything moved at a slower, very humid, warm pace. And yes, there was a lot of random … Read morePanama exploration for internships, OH MY!

3 reasons the Tour de Cure is a powerful event

This past Saturday, June 2nd, was a cloudy, cooler, rainy day in the Twin Cities (in MN). Ironically, it was a perfect day for the Tour de Cure Twin Cities! The Tour is a walk, run, bike event for the American Diabetes Association. It’s a fundraising event. It’s also a celebration of wellness and fitness. … Read more3 reasons the Tour de Cure is a powerful event

How to find a great endocrinologist

As you likely know, I have type 1 diabetes. I’ve had it for almost 37 years. That means that I’ve had to go to visit a medical doctor A LOT. On average, I go 4 times a year. Once a quarter. For most of the years I’ve had diabetes, I go see a specialist. I … Read moreHow to find a great endocrinologist

Broken ankle and foot means chair exercises! Join me!!

Hello everyone! So, I have had some very bad luck this week. On Monday 4/2, I got home from work and it was snowing. I changed into my run clothing and went outside to test the sidewalks. Thankfully, they were not slippery. So I turned on my Couch to 5K run app on my phone … Read moreBroken ankle and foot means chair exercises! Join me!!

3 Surefire Tactics for Fundraising for Your Athletic Charity Event

Are you like me and do you sign up to do at least one athletic charity fundraising event every year? As someone who lives with diabetes every single day, and as a two time cancer survivor, there are LOTS of athletic charity events I could do! In the spirit of not overwhelming my friends year … Read more3 Surefire Tactics for Fundraising for Your Athletic Charity Event

Self-Care in times of stress and overwhelm

After living with diabetes for 36.5 years and after surviving breast cancer twice, I’ve come to prioritize self-care. What is self-care you ask? Well, in my world it means that I pay attention to the basic things I need to stay healthy, fit, calm, centered and productive. It means that I make it my Number … Read moreSelf-Care in times of stress and overwhelm

Bright Spots & Landmines: An excellent #diabetes guide for all!

I saw a Facebook post by diabetes maven Michelle Pflueger Shaw and in it she and her family were on their way to a Disney vacation and Michelle posted a picture of herself with Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me, by Adam Brown. The book caught my eye.

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100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!

Two weeks ago today, on June 3rd, I successfully rode 107 miles on my bicycle at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities!! Because of the 80 mile ride I successfully did on my birthday on May 12th, I had excellent confidence that I could do the ride. Much of endurance exercise is mental confidence and … Read more100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!