Making it Available – Thank You Insulindependence!

Were you interested in the 14th North American Conference in Diabetes and Exercise that took place in August but couldn’t afford the hundreds of dollars for travel, lodging, registration, and accompanying expenses? I totally feel you, and so do the incredibly generous Corporate Members of Insulindependence and friends at Brown Hound Media. The entire conference, including the Greatest Award Show in Diabetes, is online for you to view completely free.

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For so many people living with diabetes, getting to events like this is just plain out of reach financially or logistically. I am so happy that Insulindependence has made all of this available to everybody. Please do yourself a favor and take advantage of this great resource.

Thank you to all of the sponsors and corporate partners who made this possible – I can’t say enough how much this means to the diabetes community.

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Join Me in Philly?

In other news, I have been running, running, running in preparation for the Insulindependence Philadelphia Weekend. To kick things up a notch, I’ve been doing my running homework before playing basketball. The first few weeks were really rough. I shot more air-balls than ever before, my stamina was super sketchy, and my defense looked more like “efense” (get it? no “d”?).

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But I knew that sticking with it would pay big dividends, and I’ve recently turned the corner. I’m starting to feel really good on the basketball court. So much so that I might even keep running a few times a week before basketball after this Philly race is done. I’m starting to hear some really crazy thoughts in my head while I’m on the court:

I can outrun this dude.” & “I have more stamina than this guy.” & “I can wear him down.

I can’t even describe how empowering it is to hear those things in my head while I’m out there. I’ve earned them by investing a little time in running.

Let’s not get too excited – we’re still talking lunchtime ball at the local YMCA. I’m not putting in big minutes at any intense leagues or anything, but it’s still progress, and progress feels good.

What I haven’t figured out yet is my blood sugar management with this new variable in the mix (running before basketball). It always takes a lot of time, a lot of experimentation, and a lot of good record keeping whenever I add something new into my diabetes and exercise routine, but I’m confident that I’ll get it nailed down before too long.

I still don’t like running – but I do like how I feel on the basketball court because of running, and that’s good enough for me.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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