BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
Anything is possible—and I'm living proof.
When looking for a charity to support during 2017's Chicago Marathon, I thought of my own story. I've never been in shape, and my weight steadily climbed throughout the years. In September of 2014, my unhealthy lifestyle finally caught up with me—I nearly lost my leg to cellulitis, staph infection, and necrotizing fasciitis… all because I was pre-diabetic from weighing close to 400 lbs.
I had been in denial for the longest time over the fact that I was on collision course with type 2 diabetes, even though my mom and uncle both have it and I'd seen firsthand the disease's consequences.
Nothing prepares someone going into surgery at age 27 for the thought that they could wake up without a leg. This was my wake up call.
My weight yo-yoed over the next year, as I searched for a fitness plan I could stick to. But in January of 2016, I found my motivation after joining Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping. My starting weight was 388 lbs., and my first mile clocked in at 24:50. I was embarrassed, and wanted more for myself.
I took up running, and never looked back.
I've completed 17 races since then, including the Peoria, IL Half Marathon in October. I've lost around 70 lbs. and 6% body fat since the start of 2016. When I began losing weight and planning my goals, I realized I needed to keep my eye on a prize. That's why I do so many races—to keep myself motivated.
When I first told people I was determined to run a half marathon, I had a guy tell me he thought I'd just burn out and give up… but I did do it, completing it in 3:51:49.
In 2017, I'm ready to conquer my next challenge and run a full marathon. I've already come so far, and I'm going to continue proving to people who are out of shape that it is possible to avoid problems like diabetes, if you just keep moving.
About Joslin Diabetes Center:
Founded in 1898, Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. Joslin is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives.
We develop and disseminate innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries throughout the world. Joslin is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and a federally-funded Diabetes Research Center.
All of the money raised by the Team Joslin program supports the High Hopes Fund here at Joslin Diabetes Center. This fund is unrestricted and supports the Center's greatest needs. These funds ultimately contribute to Joslin’s capacity to prevent, treat and cure diabetes through cutting-edge research, comprehensive patient care and pioneering education programs.