A couple weeks ago I got an email from someone asking if they could talk to me because they were writing a newsletter and they wanted to quote me and put a picture of me in it. I was excited, who wouldn’t be? So, a week after I got the email, I had a phone call with the lady and she was telling me how she found me “I saw you in Sporting Woman Magazine“…
me: “I’m sorry, you found me where?”
her: “Sporting Woman Magazine.”
me: “Did you say magazine?”
I was completely caught off guard and I was blown away. At first I was perturbed. I kept thinking to myself, me in a magazine without my knowledge is that even legal? I seeked out the advice of my online buddies, did a little research online, contacted a publisher of a local magazine. Yes, I was that bugged by it. The irritation sat in the back of my mind though, at the forefront was, “should I be bugged, this is doing a great thing, people are going to read about me, and the Tour de Cure!”
At that point I didn’t know what was in the magazine. I was worried that something may have been taken out of context. I write so many negative thoughts about me and diabetes that it was freaky. I’m always scared that my words can be taken and depending on the words there can be huge misunderstandings. I have a bad attitude about my diabetes and I express it openly. It can be dangerous and I was worried about what was in the magazine.
But then, I had to think further, it couldn’t have been that bad (if it were bad). I was contacted and asked for photos and a quote to go out in a newsletter concerning the Tour de Cure. That contact was a direct result of me being in Sporting Woman.
When I got an email yesterday from the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher I was put at ease. She sent me the cover of the issue that I was in:
I felt even better about being in Sporting Woman when I received a copy of the issue today. (I’ve been like a kid waiting for Christmas morning all week. Hurrying home to check the mail and see if I had gotten anything.) When I saw the package sitting on my bed face down I immediately grabbed it and flipped it over to see who it was from. By the address, I knew it was my copy of Sporting Woman. I was so excited. I ripped into the package like a bat flies out of hell. I was so excited to finally set my eyes on the magazine.
I knew what I was looking for, it was on the cover “One Woman’s Tour de Cure”. So I opened up to the table of contents to find the page number that I was on. Page 56 in the Sporting Causes section “Tour de Cure – Racing towards the Cure to Diabetes”. I flip to page 56 not knowing what I was going to see, but I was very excited:
I saw the big Yet!, I knew that they had been watching my Diabetes 365 pictures. I had started Diabetes 365, a project where you take a daily photo that illustrates some aspect of daily living with diabetes and help explain what it’s like to live with diabetes every day of the year, back in October. It’s open to any diabetic that’s willing to take pictures of diabetes in their life for a year. It’s been tough lately, but I’m getting caught back up and staying on track now, but I digress.
They picked a picture that showed and described a bad bad day, but all around that indication of a bad bad day, was me, happy, riding, fighting the disease that I let keep me down for so long. I hope that people can look at those two pages in the Spring 2008 issue of Sporting Woman and see what I never saw when I was growing up with diabetes; diabetes can’t keep us down. Well, it can, but we shouldn’t let it. We need to choose to fight it instead of letting it beat us down as it so easily can.
Fighting it from the diabetic’s standpoint being that we can get out there and do anything despite having diabetes; and fighting it from everyone’s standpoint in that we do need a cure.