When I met and married Kevin he probably weighed about 180 pounds. He was active mostly because he worked construction and physical labor. When the housing market crashed, he was laid off and found a more sedentary job and went back to school. Ironically, he is majoring in Physical Education. At his heaviest he was 225 pounds, but it happened so gradually that we didn’t even realize it. He went to a doctor and got some blood work done because he was tired all the time, and had no desire to do anything. What the blood work showed was shocking. His thyroid was non-functional, his liver was shutting down, and the doctor was honestly surprised that he was even walking around. The way his body wasn’t functioning, Kevin would most likely be dead by 40.
A couple months after learning all this and beginning to make a change, Kevin started a dynamic fitness class at school. This is where he first started running, and he hasn’t stopped. He found a passion for running which has led him to do numerous 5/10k’s, the Ragnar Relay, and the Epic Relay. This summer he is again doing the Ragnar and Epic Relays and is even planning on a half-marathon.
But it doesn’t end there. In November 2013 he started showing symptoms of diabetes. He adjusted his diet and continued to exercise and was able to lower his blood sugar and maintain his health. We thought if anything he would be Type 2 which is more controllable with diet and exercise. The first weekend of March, though, he went into full blown diabetic ketoacidosis. His body started shutting down. When he got into the hospital his body temperature was 93 degrees and he blood sugar was sky-rocketed to 744…off the charts. By all accounts he should be dead today. But with numerous blessings, many prayers, and lot of fasting on his behalf we is here and thriving! In the hospital he only weighed 155. A month later, he is a healthy 175 and in complete control of his Type 1 diabetes. Because his pancreas is no longer functioning, he will always be on insulin. But because he loves to run, he won’t need as much as most people.
We truly feel that had he not made such a huge change and lost 50 pounds before he went into the hospital he would have died. He really a walking miracle!