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!
It's amazing where one action can take you. Last summer, my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to buy some bikes. I used to ride everywhere with my friend when I was in 8th grade. We would start in the morning and end at night. The world was our adventure and our bikes would take us wherever we chose. I wanted this feeling again.
My new 29er would take me to beautiful places on the single track course. I've seen some amazing sites and really bonded with nature while doing so, trust me, I have scars to prove it. haha. This was just the beginning. I learned that I could do full rides and raise money for it. Being a diabetic, I remember seeing some guys on their bikes representing the JDRF Ride to Cure team. I was doing a Walk to Cure Diabetes with my wife at the time.
This spurred me on to visit some bike shops in the area and look into road bikes. I wanted to be out on a bike as much as possible and if I could find a way to do it while helping find a cure for a disease that I don't want, then even better! Eventually I found a bike and did my first ride last year at the Pedal the Kettle event. It was great being able to hit mileage that I've never gone before on a bike. I've never felt so alive while doing a physical activity with diabetes.
Ever since then I have been staring at a map and elevation profile of the La Crosse Ride to Cure event. I will conquer this ride. Since my decision to tackle this event, I've purchased a trainer, put in P90X and got to it. While doing all this, I never realized I was doing more than impacting my own life.
Yesterday I was sitting at my desk and a 1st grader came up to me offering a free sticker from a page of stickers she had. I have no idea where they came from but there was one sticker that stood out to me. I immediately, with care, took it off the page, thanked the girl, and put it on the back of my phone. The sticker? It has a picture of a child's silhouette, with the words Finding Cures. Saving Children.
Let me repeat those words, Finding Cures. Saving Children. In a time where, for some strange reason, children are being targeted and killed, I'm a part of a team of people doing all they can to find cures so that the future of our children won't have to suffer with Diabetes, MS, Special Needs, or what have you. I'm participating in an event that is bigger than 105 miles of road to travel, bigger than the training involved, bigger than any preparation I can do to reach my goals.
I know that I am apart of the "children" being saved, but I don't really think about myself when it comes to this opportunity that I have. I have been look at Type 1 Diabetes Facebook pages and I constantly see the hope that thousands of people have for finding a cure, me being one of them. I see the same struggles that I have with other people. Even as a person with Type 1 Diabetes, my eyes were opened.
I was sitting here yesterday, after receiving that sticker, realizing the course my life has taken. I see what I am capable of today all because of a bike I purchased last summer. It truly is amazing where God takes you in your life. I'm enjoying this ride even as my blood sugar is crashing right now. I guess I'll sign off and go see what kind of sugary substance is lying around. (Which is harder to do when you have a sugarfree house.) Thanks for taking time to enjoy this moment with me. Also, for those who have donated or helped out in some way, thanks for making a difference not only in my life, but also in the lives of those you don't know. You are an inspiration to us.
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.
Dad, Kev and Arlene, Grandma and Grandpa Mansfield
Dennis and Kathy
Dennis and Kathy Strong
Grandpa & Grandma Strong
Grey Shark Fitness Groups
Jason, Shannon, and Hans Kruschel
Lisa & Shannon Watson
Mary and Brett
Michael Schenker :)
Mr. Ian Watson
Mrs. Lisa K Watson
Paul and Cathy Moldenhauer
Tyler, Kalene, and the boys