On 13th April 2014 I will be running the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
I’ve been blessed with type one diabetes since the age of 18. At the time of writing this blog post I’m 46.
Like many type one diabetics, I give myself an injection of fast-acting insulin before each and every meal and a “bonus” ;) injection before bed of a slow-release, basal insulin. On this basis, I estimate that, since being diagnosed I have given myself over 51,000 insulin injections and I’m getting to the point where I’d rather not have to give myself too many more.
Luckily for me, being 18 years old when diagnosed I was “grown-up” enough to handle many of the issues associated with type one diabetes. I can only imagine how much more challenging type one diabetes must be for those diagnosed at a younger age. We really must find a cure for this PITA condition.
Running-wise, I have been a keen runner since about 2008 and ran my first marathon distance back in April 2010. Currently, the only “organised” race I’ve run was the 20 Kilomètres de Paris which was an amazing experience. I’m hoping that running the Virgin Money London Marathon will be an equally awesome experience.
I have created a Virgin Money Giving* site where you can quickly and easily sponsor my run. I truly appreciate any and all sponsorship. If you can’t sponsor me then I’d be equally pleased if you could share this blog post or my JDRF fundraising page with your friends (FaceBook, Twitter, etc… links at the foot of this page) because they may just know somebody affected by diabetes and want to help the JDRF‘s research into curing, treating and preventing type one diabetes.
* Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit fundraising site where more of your sponsorship goes to the charity than other popular fundraising sites.