Hey strangers in this group photo.
You will forever be etched in my memory.
I attended my first Nike Training Club outdoor class at the Academy of Lions a few weeks ago.
Towards the end of the class I asked NTC trainer Jenny Thomson if I could take a couple of photos. She explained to the group I had a fitness blog. Then a classmate asked me more about it.
I found myself in a situation that was downright liberating.
To the group of 20 strangers, I announced I have type 1 diabetes (t1d), gave a short rundown of type 1 (no way to prevent it, no cure) and my mission to promote physical activity in Canada.
It went something like that. And as it was happening I felt a surge of positive energy that I never felt before.
In a flash it was over. And when I stopped talking, people clapped. Surreal.
Now is the time I’ve got to commend every person who has ever dealt with any type of physical or mental challenge and talked about it openly. I have the utmost respect for those who share their story on any level.
After everything that has happened these past few years, I can appreciate now more than ever those who speak up.
So many people live in hurt and silence, scared that they will be labelled whatever stereotype goes with the illness.
Diabetics are not alone in being misunderstood or incorrectly labelled. It happens to so many people in every which way.
It’s definitely unfair, and it’s not just us, although for me it definitely felt that way.
So thank you strangers. Thank you for listening for the minute or so I spoke, for smiling at me, for clapping, for hearing my story.
In my journey here as a type 1 diabetic, I will never forget this moment.
I’ll take this positive energy and use it as fuel.
Thank you to NTC Trainer Jenny Thomson & everyone who attended that class.
I’ve taken a few steps forward along my journey to peace because of you guys.
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NTC classes are free. You need to reserve a spot in order to attend.
I’ll be reviewing the class from a fitness perspective in a future post.