Thank you for taking time to visit my page. My name is Ian Watson and I have been fighting diabetes for 11 years. I was an unfortunate pick by this disease my junior year of high school. I've battled with high and low blood sugars, slower healing time for sickness or injuries, constant carb ratio counting, ketoacidosis, and the many other side effects that come with diabetes. So what exactly is it that I have?
I haven't given much into sports since being diagnosed. I've always been afraid of getting low blood sugars. With a low blood sugar, your body goes weak, your vision gets impaired, your speech gets jumbled, and you can't think clearly. On the other end, if you drink too much sugary sports drinks or eat too many carbs, you can get headaches, dry mouth, muscle cramping, and your body starts to slow down. Finding the right method to stay "normal" was very daunting on top of trying to stay normal in every day activities. Well, I'm breaking through my barriers.
With diabetes comes weight gain. I've decided to manage my weight, eat healthy, and train to do what I love best, ride my bike. Last year I tried out my first ride, a brisk 35 miles. This year I plan to ride 320 miles in charity events such as MS, American Diabetes Association, and JDRF. I believe that there is a cure for this incurable disease and I plan on attacking it in any way I can.
So why do you need to know this?
I need help raising the money for this event. I have a $2,000 goal I'm trying to reach and if I do, I get to (as Queen put it) "GET ON MY BIKE AND RIDE!" I will have the ability to step up to the plate and prove to myself that 100 miles is nothing for me. I have the ability to prove to myself that, as a diabetic, I can do this with hard work, training, and blood monitoring. My motto is this: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!" I know I have the strength in me, will you help me get there so I can prove myself?
Whether it's a charitable 1 time donation or a pledge to give over a couple of months, I really do need your help. You get the satisfaction of knowing you are helping find a cure for me, and you can write it off on your taxes! 8D
Thank you for your support!
My Issue with Asking
I am a person who believes in personal space. I don't like it when I go into a store and people come up to me and ask if I need anything. I figure, I'll find them and ask them, so don't bother me. In a way I feel like that intruder asking people for money. I know times are hard, I know that a lot of my friends are just out of college with payments and bills and starting wages/salaries. So who am I to ask them for their money?
It's then that I realize that I am not asking them to give me the money. I am offering a way to give them a chance to make a difference in someone's life. It's an amazing feeling, a rush of adrenaline, that you get when giving to a cause. I've raised money for this stuff and have personally donated time, money, and energy in doing what I can to find a cure. I'm only asking of a third of that from people.
Some of us are blessed to be able to give more than others and I'm not asking for a donation so that you can have boasting or pride points. I'm simply asking that you help me out with this meticulous disease. I don't care if all you can give is a dollar here or there, or if you pool some money with a couple of friends or family. Anything given is an amazing opportunity for you to know that you are making a huge difference in my life. Maybe you are strapped for cash right now. Well, I'll take some free words of encouragement for raising the money, or if you could help me spread the word, that would be even more appreciated.
The world is large my friend, and we all need to help each other out. So, if you wouldn't mind starting your week helping me out, I'd gladly appreciate it.
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