Someone asked me the other day about what I meant when I said I was having a “low”. This is just the term I use when I am going into hypoglycemia or in other words, when my insulin has removed too much glucose out of my blood. This occurs if you take the wrong amount of insulin, undergo an intense workout, if you do not eat the correct portions of carbohydrates or even if you drink alcohol. As I learned from one of my diabetic classes, wine can actually decrease your blood sugar. When these sympotoms came on after I had insulin for the first time I had no idea what was happening. I began shaking and broke out into a cold sweat. I felt like I was going to pass out and I felt tingling all over. Unfortunetly, this happened quite a bit when I was first diagnosed. I had a very difficult time knowing how much to eat, how much insulin to take and how much exercise I could do. This is a big reason why I stopped running. I was terrified of that feeling I would get, like I was totally not in control of my body. When I would start to feel a low I would panic, especially when I was out with my friends. I didn't want to be embarrased by the symptoms or pass out in front of everyone. Sometimes I would not take insulin, so that I could run and not have a low. When this happened, my blood sugar would spike. I felt like I couldn’t win and couldn’t live my normal life with T1. Thankfully, I was given guidance from the nurses who worked with me on improving my lifestyle after my T1 diagnosis, and they helped me to figure out exactly when to eat and in which portions so that I could exercise without issues. It isn't perfect now, sometimes I have higher or lower blood sugars than I should, but I've learned to pay close attention to my health and how I feel. Now, I feel more in control. I suppose that is also a motivator for keeping a food journal and not becoming lazy with my treatment. I don't want to go back to feeling like I cannot live my life how I want to- and stop running. It is such a huge part of who I am.

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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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