Diabetes + Cancer? No problem for this Champion Athlete.

It’s Friday, so how about something to make you feel good?

Today, I have another Champion Athletes With Diabetes story. But Ellen isn’t just a runner living with diabetes. She’s also living with cancer. Her sister Terri sent me an e-mail letting me know about her sister’s remarkable achievements, and I want to share part of them with you now.

“Ellen is a person with type 1 diabetes, who has completed three half marathons since November. That in itself I believe qualifies her. But I am more amazed and proud of her as she has done this while battling lung cancer.”

Last November, Ellen finished the Indianapolis Monumental half marathon:

“Her struggle to finish this run led her to the Dr., where she was told she ran it with walking pneumonia (and T1). A few weeks later, once the pneumonia cleared, they spotted tumors in her lung and diagnosed her with lung cancer.”

“Before Ellen was diagnosed with lung cancer, she had already joined Team JDRF to participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Ellen raised $2,700 + for JDRF and on January 9, after her initial round of chemo and while on radiation therapy, completed her second half marathon as part of Team JDRF.”

“Ellen is now done with all her treatments and doing everything possible to get stronger and also manage her T1 diabetes. She is back to regular exercise and in May, completed the Indianapolis 500 Festival – Mini-Marathon.”

“Her strength and attitude amaze me. I participated in both the Disney and 500 Festival half marathons with her. I witnessed her determination to prove to herself and others that her diseases will not stop her.”

Is that inspirational, or what? Knowing that Ellen did all that while living with diabetes and lung cancer makes it a little easier for me to want to get out of bed and get my exercise on.
We salute you Ellen… your story makes us smile, and we are honored to award you this medal. Keep running, and keep inspiring!
What about you? Are you conquering your athletic goals along with the difficulties of living with diabetes? Is there someone important in your life that meets this description? Then I have a medal for you.

Send me an e-mail at champswithdiabetes@gmail.com. Tell me your name, name of the athlete (it’s okay if it’s you), and your address (gotta know where to send the medal). Most important, tell me what athletic goal was accomplished, and when. Extra points if you tell me how you felt accomplishing the goal. Full disclosure: I reserve the right to use your testimonial here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I will not use your name if you don’t want me to. As always, I will never share private information.

Join the over 80 Champion Athletes With Diabetes. Send me your story today!

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  • Terri Richert  On June 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Thank Stephen for sharing Ellen’s story and for this wonderful program.

    Liked by 1 person

  • Rick Phillips  On June 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Ellen, we are in awe of your accomplishments. When I read your story I felt so inspired to continue my meager workouts. Thank you a thousand times for sharing. The entire online community is cheering for you !!!

    I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes blog page for the week of May 30, 2016.

    Liked by 1 person

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