Help Tyger attend Tour De Cure New England Classic!
Thank you for looking in! I'm Tyger (Rob, whatever you prefer) and I'm fundraising to stop diabetes. This is a personal fight for me, because I'm lucky to even be alive.
On March 18th, 2016 I walked into a medical clinic with what I thought were several small problems. Blurred vision, constant thirst, other stuff. Within 15 minutes, I was in an ambulance on my way to the ICU. When they ran a blood test, my blood sugar levels were over 1500. My blood was more like syrup than water. At 600 I should have been in a diabetic coma. I shouldn't have been able to walk into the clinic, let alone drive there, let alone probably wake up that morning
My ultimate diagnosis is T2 Diabetes, a diagnosis I will have for the rest of my life. All of the signs were there for months, but I didn't know what to even look for. Overnight, I've had to change almost everything in my life from what I eat to how I work. In the hospital everyone kept telling me what I can't do anymore, and frankly it sucked. It wasn't until I talked to a diabetic specialist who said "Yes, you can."
So in July, I'm taking part in the Tour de Cure New England Classic event. It'll probably be one of the hardest things I've done on a bike, but I'm used to impossible odds. It's a bike ride (not a race, a RIDE) in which the participants raise money for the ADA, and we show the world that "You can."
I hope that through my fundraising I can help put money into awareness campaigns. Get people to know what to look for, how they know that they're in the danger zone before they end up in the hospital. I want to show people "You can ride with diabetes." I want to prove "You can live with diabetes." And I want to inspire people to get off the couch, and get into life.
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