Yay!!! More medal winners!
Our eleventh Champion Athlete With Dibetes is Cecelia Lodge. Cecelia is also a diabetes writer, and you can read her story at the blog Tutoo Sweet. In addition to being the writer of one of my favorite blogs, Cecelia is a runner.
She ran during her middle school years on the cross country team, and continued to run through high school. More recently, she started running again prior to getting married a couple of years ago.
Back in 2013, she was training for another run when she started showing all the classic signs of diabetes. She received her diagnosis, spent a couple of nights in the local hospital, and then:
She finished her first half marathon one month later.
That’s pretty inspirational folks. And I really loved the e-mail Cecelia sent me. I’m going to run it in its entirety here, in the hope that it will inspire you too.
I came across your blog post today about the athletic achievement medals you are awarding to those with diabetes. I read a previous post of yours a few weeks ago regarding this, but I was hesitant to nominate myself because, well, it felt awkward 🙂
I guess it seemed self-serving to offer up myself as a nominee, but once I thought about it a little more, knowing maybe just one person who finds my story through this could be encouraged changed my mind. It’s definitely not about the medal. It’s about showing others who live with diabetes that might be discouraged or scared or worried to follow their dreams, no matter how big or small, and that they can and will accomplish them… and come out on the other side stronger than ever.
Anyway, with that said, I am pretty proud of my achievement. I completed my very first half marathon in November 2013- a month after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
If you are interested in reading the story, I’ve blogged about it here:
Way to go Cecelia! You are a brave and inspirational person, and completely worthy of the title Champion Athlete With Diabetes.
So my advice is: Be an inspiration. Not just for yourself or your loved ones. Do it for the people you haven’t met yet, who will identify with you and be inspired too. Because they will.
To find out more and start the process of minting your medal as a Champion Athlete With Diabetes, click here or on the medal photo in the top left corner of this page.