Approximately five years ago, I hadn’t been to the doctor in years. I’m a guy, and we don’t worry much about that stuff. I finally made an appointment, though, because I was just not feeling right. I never used to pay attention to what I was eating, drinking, or anything else for that matter. Yeah, my parents had diabetes, but so what? That was never going to be the case with me.
They had asked me to come in a week before to do some blood work since there was nothing in my charts from the past. The doctor walked in to the exam room, opened the chart, and the first thing he said was: “I’m sorry to tell you, but it looks like you have type 2 diabetes.” You could have heard a pin drop, and my heart fell into the pit of my stomach.
Fast forward to six months ago, and I was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting where various companies were setting up booths to showcase their products and services. I happened to walk by the American Diabetes Association’s booth, and they had a display showing how much sugar was in foods and drinks I consume all the time – I was shocked at what I saw. It was at that point that I finally came to grips with my disease and chose to do something about it. After speaking with Jacqueline Reding, who was representing the Association that evening, I decided that it was time I did something to help educate others about this disease. So, I joined the Twin Cities Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Committee.
You can live with diabetes once you realize that it is never too late to change your ways. Having this disease should not mean thinking, “Woe is me.” It should mean taking care of yourself and taking action – It’s time to step up to the plate and knock diabetes out of the park. I am excited to take the lead as Team Red Captain, because all those living with diabetes and participating in the Step Out should be honored and celebrated. I also encourage everyone to join the walk in order that one day, no one else will ever again have to hear the phrase that changed my life: “I am sorry to inform you that you have diabetes.”
— Jeff Peterson, Team Red Captain for Twin Cities Step Out
If you have diabetes, YOU are a Red Strider.
Join Team Red today – Because together we can stop diabetes. One step at a time.
For more information on Step Out and Team Red, visit our website: www.diabetes.org/twincities
Or contact Jacqueline Reding, Walk Coordinator for the Twin Cities:
firstname.lastname@example.org, (763) 593-5333 ext. 6598.