Five thousand meters

Life is sprinkled with a lot of negativity, ya know? It’s easy to feel down about things that aren’t right, cuz let’s face it, there are a bunch of things that aren’t right. It always seems like there’s one more major thing needing done or a metaphorical fire that needs put out before the last crisis or bill or injury or damaged relationship or whatever is taken care of.

And I’m not even getting into politics.

But, there are also a lot of good things, sometimes discouraged by the bad, sometimes shamed by ignorance, and sometimes overlooked or seeming insignificant in the moment. But the little good things keep me going. Otherwise, bleh.

And I don’t even have clinical depression.

Go hug someone (with permission).

In less than a week, I will run my first 5k race. Ever. And I choose to do it because of and for the good things. And to counter some of the bad.

I wanted a healthy challenge. Something doable, manageable, good-for-me especially in the long run…haha, and something that would kick off former shaming I’ve heard that nestled for too long between my ears. And the time is now. I’ve been working on it, training in my own manner, and I’m going to do something that I’d never previously thought I’d want to do, and practicing something that I’ve watched be shamed by people I used to admire.

I run now.

In the past when the temperatures rose and strangers slipped into their sturdy athletic shoes to take to the roads and sidewalks, I have seen people get genuinely angry to just watch others run when they happened to pass by. Because they were running in public? Because they chose this for their health? Because it’s an activity that doesn’t require much financial investment to reap huge physical rewards?

Because the angry folk couldn’t? Or wouldn’t?

I dunno. But I do know the anger was one reason, subconsciously perhaps, that I didn’t want to take to my neighborhood streets after a tiring workday or on a quiet weekend, even though I knew it would help me with everything DeTickles, with endurance, with strength, with resilience, with confidence, with everything.

It was a negative that shamed a positive. For no good reason. Maybe a reason, but not a good one.

And now I run.

And I run for me. I’m joining the countless others who have decided to lace up their shoes for their own good. I’ve joined the Type One Run Couch to 5k community, and I intend to continue running after Saturday, as part of the Type One Run community and maybe joining others, maybe even more locally.

Because I know something the angry people don’t.

This is right for me. And I like it.


The 2018 Charleston JDRF One Walk

Last week was the JDRF One Walk in Charleston, which I had been looking forward to since I found out about it in January. The DeTickles Dynamos team grew to five members by walk day and I know I had a lot of fun raising funding and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes research.

I wear my DeTickles on my sleeve, proudly baring my Omnipod insulin pump on my right arm and my Dexcom continuous glucose monitor on my left. And this is a shirt for one of my favorite WWE wrestlers, Shinuske Nakamura. The front reads

I wear my DeTickles on my sleeve, proudly baring my Omnipod insulin pump on my right arm and my Dexcom continuous glucose monitor on my left. And this is a shirt for one of my favorite WWE wrestlers, Shinuske Nakamura. The front reads “Strong Style.”

I couldn’t wait to meet more Type 1s in person, to celebrate what each of us had accomplished and what we do on a daily basis, and to walk with my head high surrounded by loved ones who support and encourage me all the time.

The walk ended up being a little different than I expected. There wasn’t as much interaction among strangers unless you went to a table like the JDRF Advocacy table or talked to representatives from Omnipod and Medtronic and Dexcom and the like. But there was a picnic-like area for teams and families that came together to eat and play games until walk time. And I did meet a gentleman who has lived with T1 for sixty years (my friends, he has seen some stuff–including huge improvements in treatments and options, which is exactly what we’re raising money for [there’s still some time to donate!]), and I’m pretty sure I talked to the Omnipod representative who helped me bypass the six month wait time that insurance requires in order to pay for my Omnipod pump ($$$$ but thankfully he helped me save and it was sooo worth it; I was literally freaking out with each mealtime injection). And I got some sweet swag: an Omnipod drawstring bag proudly proclaiming me a Podder, which I’ve turned into my gym bag, a multi-use Type 1 Looks Like Me scarf/hat, and a couple other things. Plus free snacks!


The walk was beautiful through a very nice neighborhood and at just over a mile long seemed to take no time at all chatting with the fabulous DeTickles Dynamos. And at the end, one of the walk sponsors, Moe’s, provided everyone with super tasty chicken and beef burritos.

I’d love to meet more T1s in person but I was too shy to randomly introduce myself to anyone there. Still, I’m thinking this is a pretty great event and cause, so I may see about volunteer opportunities and probably make some more friends then too. All in all, a very good time and great to see so many people there. I even saw my Endocrinologist there! Bless.

My thanks again for the support financially, emotionally, physically that I have been given as a diabadass and as team captain for the DeTickles Dynamos! I would do it again.

Note: This post links to several companies not associated with DeTickles Diaries. I wanted to express my thanks for the Walk sponsors and to make it easier to learn about some of the tech and treatment options available for People with Type 1 Diabetes. This is what we live. These are our improvements in the last hundred years. And this is what raise money to continue to better, so T1Ds can thrive with less physical and emotional hassle and more peace of mind.

Because I felt like cake…

As promised and in thanks of reaching and surpassing the $150 fundraising goal for the JDRF One Walk, a food post! I give you CAKE!

I may or may not have been watching a bit too much of The Great British Baking Show, but as a related result of seeing so many delicious and varied edible creations, I wanted to try something I’d never done before. I wanted to make a two layer cake. No special occasion in particular. It’s always a good time for cake, right?


I wanted to experiment and try a lower carb version, and I have some of the things I would need for that, but I’m in the process of organizing my kitchen better and as such I’m a little short on valuable counter space.

Rather than stress over the space needed to make my own dough–which I’ve also never done?– or all the extra dishes and bowls I would have to clean later, I decided on a trusted old favorite.


When I served this to my friends, only my sweetie knew it originated as a box cake (with a bit of modification I learned from my mama that gave every cake she made a special touch with improved taste and texture, thanks, Mom!).


Plus, the benefit of a nutrition label gave me a starting point to figure the carbs I would be enjoying when it was my turn for a slice.


Walk with me?

One of the best resources for me after I was diagnosed has been JDRF. (Other great ones are Beyond Type 1, the American Diabetes Association, and an amazing endocrinology team.) So when I heard about the One Walk happening near my city this March, I was so excited I immediately signed up.

Putting my ribs out of alignment and a two week headcold distracted me from promoting the walk but now I’m better, on track to run a 5k at the end of March, and super excited to join everyone at the walk on the 4th. It’s just three weeks away!

My team, DeTickles Dynamos, is working to raise $150 or more to support diabetes research. Because of JDRF and support they’ve given to research, I and thousands of other PWDs are able to use new and innovative technology and medicine that saves our lives on a daily basis and empowers us to thrive as ourselves, not a condition.

In the United States alone, with 1.25 million people, both children and adults, with Type 1 and tens of thousands newly diagnosed every year, chances are you know someone with T1D or you know someone who does. And, you know me, so hi!

Can you give a tax-deductible, one time or recurring $1, $5, $50, $100 to continue the mission of JDRF, to improve treatment until there is a cure? Any amount helps. Encouraging those you know who have T1 and those who will be diagnosed helps. Learning about the different types of diabetes and correcting the misinformation out there helps.

Join my walk in person — the more the merrier! — or join virtually and spread the word for this great company that helps thousands. Every bit of support is wonderful and I appreciate it.

In just a few weeks I and my team will be marching for a great cause: The JDRF One Walk. And in the meantime, I will be holding my head high walking as a Type 1 Diabetes Advocate until there is a cure.

Will you join me please?