Inspiring Diabetes News: Will Sebastien Sasserville be the First Person with Diabetes to Finish a Cross-Country Run?
The team at Timesulin is an active bunch. From participating in marathons and triathlons to long-distance biking, we’ve even set company goals for the new year to stay active and healthy. That’s one of the reasons we like hearing about others who are challenging themselves physically while managing T1D, like our friend Gavin at Diathlete who managed to complete 30 marathons in 30 days and this 34 year old runner in Canada who’s undertaking a 9 month journey running across the country.
In more inspiring diabetes news, Sebastien Sasserville began this massive undertaking earlier this year from St. John’s Newfoundland and plans to finish in Vancouver by World Diabetes Day in November of 2014. If Sebastien succeeds, this will be the first time a person with diabetes has completed a cross-country run.
Obviously, having the right tools is key for an activity like this, so finding a way to manage blood glucose and insulin injections is an important part of the planning process. To make sure he manages his T1D well while running, Sasserville is using an Animas Vibe – an insulin pump combined with a continuous glucose monitoring system that will help him focus more on the task at hand without compromising his health.
No stranger to extreme sports, Sebastien previously completed some pretty impressive activities, such as a run across the Sahara Desert last year and climbing Mount Everest. “The goal is to have an impact and help people change their lives and show that with dedication, people with diabetes can climb Everest, can do anything they put their mind to.”
People with diabetes all around the world are doing amazing things, and it’s great to see more and more people sharing their accomplishments. Aside from being great motivation to push ourselves further, it’s also a great way to continue to show younger people who have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes that it’s still possible to live a normal life and accomplish impressive things. Even more important is having access to the right tools and technology to make reaching those goals a reality.
For other tools that can make life with Type 1 diabetes more manageable, check out our insulin pen replacement caps that make sure you don’t forget when your next insulin dose is.
**Image courtesy of Outrun Diabetes.