Now, I could defeat Jennifer Lawrence
I suffer from type 1 diabetes, the most severe form of the disease, which forces me to maintain a strict lifestyle and requires several shots of insulin per day.
I was always able to properly manage my diabetes, that is, until I had my first severe episode of hypoglycaemia at age 25. My blood sugar level dropped significantly and I almost died. Following this episode, I was anxious, stressed, and scared of going through another one, so I used less insulin on a daily basis. As a result, I lost my extra pounds. I cut out alcohol entirely and began eating healthier and drinking water. I liked what I saw in the mirror, but I still struggled with my blood sugar and my doctor had no comforting words or solutions for me.
One day, after a disheartening follow-up appointment, I bought brand new running shoes and signed up for a gym membership to follow a program designed especially for me. Thanks to my skilled trainer, I gradually increased my speed up to a point where I was able to run my first 5 km for children with diabetes in April. Life is not always easy, but when I run, I don’t feel angry anymore at things that are out of my control. My body turns into a reliable machine and for a moment, I convince myself that if the Hunger Games were real, I could defeat Jennifer Lawrence!
Isabelle Sasseville, is part of the community ”Enformidables” which gathers people who have left their sedentarity lifestyle and inspire us with their great story that motivates us to become an ”Enformidable” too.
Trainer: Raphaël Morin
Centre: Plateau Mont-Royal