When I was younger I was led to believe that being a diabetic simply meant you couldn’t take sugar, eat chocolate etc.
The reality is you are solely reliant on insulin, which you have to inject 4 times a day for the rest of your life. You have to constantly manage your sugar levels, being too high or low is very dangerous. You have to get the correct food and calculate it on a regular basis, if you don’t do things correctly you can black out and poor management can be fatal.
Over the years I have been involved in many fund raising events and have been very fortunate to raise thousands of pounds for different charities.
This year the charity I am getting involved in is diabetes uk. My youngest son was unfortunately diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over a year ago.
I spoke to my 15 year old son Ryan several months back and suggested we do something for the diabetes charity.
We came up with doing the half marathon. I mentioned Redcar, his reply was I’m not running with you in this area that’s embarrassing, so I asked what about Newcastle?No way we would get chased, especially with some of your comments on the Three Legends show.
Someone came up with the idea of doing the New York half marathon, Ryan replied at least no one knows you over there and you won’t get stick. I applied for two places several months back and only found out yesterday that we have got them. But a bombshell was dropped when I was told my son couldn’t take part as you have to be 18 years old. You can imagine his face when I told him.
I now owe it to my son and the charity to go ahead and try and raise as much as I can. I really wanted my son to do the run, so other youngsters would realise that despite the condition, it doesn’t have to interfere with your goals, aspirations or ambitions. I’m sure Ryan will run the New York marathon when he is 18.
The run takes place on March 17 th St Patricks day, please donate via the shop on my website.
My son Ryan was looked after at James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough, I would like to thank all the staff and all associated. Hopefully I can raise plenty for another worthy cause.