Medical research related to Type 1 Diabetes has had an enormous impact on how I live my daily life. In the past 30 years, remarkable changes in diagnosis and treatment have improved the lifestyle of individuals affected by the disease. Please read the attached fact sheet from the National Institute of Health. You will be surprised by some of the statistics and you may also understand my passion for driving diabetic research in the future. We have come very far, but we still have very far to go.

http://report.nih.gov/NIHfactsheets/Pdfs/Type1Diabetes(NIDDK).pdf
 
I'm starting my run right now....I'll write when I finish and depending on the time...you will know if I met my goal. Wish me luck! It's 4:33pm...let's do this!!!

Finished! It's 7:00pm. 2.5 hour run. Almost made my goal of 3 hours. I'm happy I broke the 2 hour mark but I look forward to breaking 3 hours over the weekend.

More later :)
 
This is an interesting topic that my brother suggested for a blog post. Both my brothers wear Vibram FiveFingers during their workouts and they have both talked to me about the benefits of this “natural” style of running. I first saw a barefoot runner in the Chicago Marathon and I had no idea why anyone would consider running 26.2 miles without shoes on! Especially because I could hear my nurse Mother in my mind saying, “you’ll step on a rusty nail!”.  However, many people choose to run barefoot because it is known to help alleviate chronic injuries that running shoes often create. I thought I might try it as well, so I looked into it. There is a lot of information on this that I cannot write on because I’m not a medical professional. I do know, however, that people with diabetes should shy away from this style running because it may cause further dulled sensations in the feet causing a greater risk of injury. Even though barefoot running has great benefits, if you’re diabetic, it just might not be for you! If anyone knows any benefits that might come from this style of running for Diabetics, please post! Thanks!

DKA

8/27/2012

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Today is my first day back to work and school at Cleveland State. It is nice to be back into routine! I’ve decorated my desk with colorful postcards from my summer adventure and I am ready to begin a new season.

During the time that I was in the hospital in England, the doctors thought I may have been going through DKA otherwise known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Turns out I wasn’t, but it lead to a lot of questions from my friends and family about what that exactly meant.

Basically, it is when the body stops using glucose (or sugar) as a fuel source and starts using fat, which breaks down and causes ketones(which are acids) to become present. When ketone levels get too high, they can become poisonous and this is when it turns into ketoacidosis.

The symptoms can vary, but typically the diabetic person will have stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and a fruity smell on their breath. They can also have difficult time breathing, lose consciousness or have dulled senses that can turn into a coma. Quite often these people get very fatigued and have a bad headache and muscle pains.

This is actually how I was diagnosed. A lot of people with Type 1 diabetes are diagnosed based on symptoms from ketoacidosis.

These symptoms usually occur when a diabetic’s blood sugar is over 240 mg/dL. In my case, I was well over 400 at my diagnosis. Ketone tests are also done, however, when someone has pneumonia, a heart attach, a stroke or during pregnancy. In all those cases ketones may be present.

When my blood tests were done during ketoacidosis, my CO2, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium blood tests were also affected. This was another sign that I was likely going through DKA.

When this happened, I needed to get insulin in my system and replace my deficient electrolytes right away. Acidosis can lead to sever illness or death; quite often by fluid buildup up in the brain (cerebral adema), a heart attach or kidney failure. This can occur of blood sugar levels are not treated or if the diagnosis came late and there was delayed treatment (as in my case).

I am fortunate to have had wonderful support from my family, the Cleveland Clinic, and Lakewood Hospital in order to help me manage my diabetes to avoid these issues in the future. Please help others avoid these issues as well by donating to the charity I support through Lakewood Hospital. Thank you for reading!

Have a wonderful day.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001363/

 
I feel like right now, I am on the starting line, and training from here on out will need to be as intense as a race would be. I had time off, due to illness, and now I have a little over a month to kick it into gear. I go back to work and school tomorrow at CSU. I’ve set up my daily schedule to include my workouts so that I don’t get overwhelmed and end up not finding the time in a day to train. It’s easy to do that, when you have a lot of priorities that don’t necessarily weigh over others. All I know is that when I read stories of people who have successfully trained for marathons despite schedules, unforeseen situations or even Type 1 diabetes, that I am able to do so as well.

There is a book called “Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook” by Dr. Sheri Coldberg that is an awesome read for diabetics who don’t want to be held back by their diagnosis. It ties in sport-specific training guides with nutrition and blood sugar/insulin management. It is a great guide to achieving peak performance for competitive athletes with diabetes. I’ve included an Amazon link below if you’re interested in reading the book!

Sunday is a funday runday. Spend your time outside and run a beautiful trail!
http://www.amazon.com/Diabetic-Athletes-Handbook-Sheri-Colberg/dp/0736074937/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345993636&sr=1-1&keywords=the+diabetic+athlete#_



 
I had a great couple of runs before my last procedure yesterday. I did 8.5 miles and then 6 miles. I'll be right back at it on Monday once everything settles down with my health. I don't want to ever take being well for granted again- lesson learned. More later!
 
I would like to introduce you to Nolan James. He is a competitive runner and has wonderful insight about running and living a happy, healthy life. He has written the below blog and I want to thank him for taking the time to do so! Nolan, thank you and best wishes to you and Allison!

I have been a serious runner for over two years now. I began training for my first marathon in January, 2011. Prior to that, I participated in competitive sports in which running was a necessary evil in order to perform at peak levels on game day. I became a serious runner as a result of a challenge by a friend to complete a half marathon. In the process of training for my first half marathon, I decided that I would kick up my training and run a full marathon instead. After completing the Cleveland Marathon in May, 2011, I was hooked.

I met my fiancée, Allison, slightly after I completed the Cleveland Marathon.  She and I shared a love for running and although she had only completed a handful of 5K races when we met, it had always been her desire to complete a full marathon. Our first date consisted of a little over a two-mile run and we grabbed dinner afterwards. From that point forward, Allison and I have been running ever since. We have completed several 10-mile races and half marathons together. I completed the Akron full marathon in September, 2011 and I plan to complete the Akron marathon again this September. I am also continuing to help Allison train for her first full marathon.

I feel fortunate to have found someone to share in my love for running, as being a distance runner is a huge time commitment. It is great to be able to spend that time together. Having Allison as a running partner, training partner and life partner makes me a better person all around. When I am not feeling motivated to work out, or run, she pushes me. When she is not motivated, I push her. Allison and I have a great thing going right now. She and I are in the best shape of our lives and are the envy of our peers because of our commitment to maintaining our fitness. We could not be as committed without the help, the push, and the support of one another.

Our shared love of running is what brought Allison and I together. On May 20th, 2012, I proposed to Allison in the only way that I saw fit. After Allison and I completed the Cleveland half marathon together, I got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. She said Yes, and the rest of our story is still being written. Allison and I plan to get married in Akron, Ohio in Spring 2013.

 
I traveled to Youngstown this morning to help my sister get fitted for her wedding dress. This week, while she's home from Chicago, we are getting all the wedding details together. The dress fitting, centerpeices, and wedding video have been checked off the list! This means that tomorrow I'll be doing a five mile run to kick off training again. What a wonderful inspiration to get in shape...wedding pictures!! I'll be using that as inspiration :)
 
Tomorrow will be my first day back running since I went I went into the hospital. I am so excited to start feeling like myself again. It might be a bit of a struggle after all this time off, but I'm dedicated to finishing training and running my race on October 7th. I will let you know how my first day back goes, wish me luck!!!
 
I travel a lot and that makes it easy to fall into "travel food mode". You are always in a rush getting from one place to the next and you find excuses to eat quick, unhealthy food. It's like I would walk through security and all of the sudden I forgot how to eat anything other than cinnabuns and Chinese food. I know at least one person reading this knows what I'm talking about. Why does traveling and vacation make us feel like we should forget healthy eating and gain ten pounds? (That we probably worked very hard to lose in the leading months up to the trip). As a tip, bring granola bars and fruit with you. You can take it through security. Quick and healthy can be done! Also, remember that after your trip you are coming back to the real world and don't become a weight loss and gain yo yo. Boarding time!

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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