BENEFITING: American Diabetes Association, Inc.
ORGANIZER: American Diabetes Association, Inc.
EVENT: Tough Mudder Carolinas 2016
I was diagnosed on February 14th, 2009, while with my Unit preparing for Deployment. After being diagnosed I was sent to Fort Gordon, GA, where I had to go through a medical review board. I was told that I would be put out of the Military, as I could not serve with Diabetes. At the time I was 19 years old, and I’ll admit scared. One thing that I learnt seeing others going through the same medical review, was that no matter how bad or hard I think I have it, someone is having it worse. I raised my right hand to defend this great Nation, and was going to continue to do so. I fought to stay in the Military, and wasn’t going to let anyone say that I couldn’t. It took me nine tough months, of doctor appointments, and tight control. But being the toughest nine months of my life, I finally won the fight, and was able to return to my originally unit. Where I continue to serve. I went from the rank of Specialist to currently Staff Sergeant, and have been through multiple schools. Everyday I do my best to live my life to the fullest. As I like to say, I don’t have Diabetes, Diabetes has me, and better hang on for the ride.
Competing in a Tough Mudder as part of the American Diabetes Association team, means a lot to me. As we all do, I have my issues with Diabetes, but I refuse to let it dictate my life. Completing a Tough Mudder will not only be good for me, but will continue to allow me to show that you can do anything. Regardless the battles you fight. We all have heard the story of Operation Red Wong (Lone Survivor), or the brave men that fought for 13 Hours, during the Benghazi Terror attacks. But I also get motivation from the Wounded Warriors that continue to push on, that have lost limbs, and continue to fight. Team Hoyt, the Father and Son team that completes marathons, because his son feels more alive while his father completes races with him. With Diabetes “WE CAN”, “WE CAN” do anything we set our minds to doing. Nothing can hold us down.