In just four short days, I'll be up in Napa for my third time ever, spending the day with hundreds of other cyclists riding in the Tour De Cure in Yountville, a ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association to raise money and awareness for diabetes research.
Rough, right? I'll be doing wine tours, on Saturday and Monday, riding my bike on Sunday, eating at the great restaurants in Yountville during the weekend... but what brought me here was not just that I myself have been actively struggling with diabetes but that family members are also being diagnosed. I was diagnosed at 22, at a point in my life where I was very active, in good shape, and not at all overweight. I ignored it for years, barely taking notice of it, much to the distress and distancing of very good friends and loved ones back east. It wasnt until some more severe health issues occurred that I started taking it seriously, and taking care of myself. I'm still not where I want to be - but I'm further along than before! taking the step to do this ride has encouraged me and my friends and loved ones to start riding our bicycles, and I dont think we'll be stopping when we are done up in Napa.
One of the best parts of this ride has been the encouragement of my endocrinologist to start up with a medication that has taken me off of insulin for the first time in _years_. I'm able to eat and process food like a 'normal' person! I can skip meals! I'm able to eat pasta! I'm not having blood sugar lows! (or extraordinary highs either!) This has been _amazing_ - those final pounds I've been unable to lose due to taking insulin are coming off, and while its not a cure, I may have found another method of maintaining my blood sugar that is really good for me and works!
I may never be able to undo all the harm I did to myself not quite understanding what it meant to have diabetes as a young woman - I already have neuropathy in my extremities and may continue to lose feeling in my limbs, but I can and have made a continued commitment to caring for my body, for my health and continuing to look forward to living an active, healthy lifestyle.
Just 4 more days! If you want to help, please donate even the cost of a cup of expensive, san francisco style, barista pulled, sustainably grown by monks in high mountains, cup of coffee (have you been to Four Barrel, Barefoot, or Philzz?) - if you do, I'll make you a cup of one of those fancy coffees. Folks who donate more than 50 dollars and are local to the bay area, I'll be happy to cook you a healthy, yummy fantastic South Indian feast (sometime in late june or early july): just click here: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/gayathri
with much love to you all for reading this far,