29 May 2017
Most of the Painted Dog’s braved a chilly Perth morning and hit the pavement yesterday, participating in the HBF 12km Run (or walk) for a Reason.
This year our chosen charity was Diabetes WA. One of our Painted Dog’s was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes earlier in the year. People with diabetes are often tasked not just with riding the emotional roller coaster of the initial diagnosis and the daily burden of controlling the disease, but also with educating those around them about the condition due to the stigma associated with it.
According to Diabetes WA, “Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin or loses the capacity to produce enough insulin.”
With risk factors such as poor diet, lack of physical exercise, excess weight, family history, and ethnic background, our Painted Dog temporarily lost their eyesight due to a buildup of fluid. Dealing with the initial shock of the diagnosis was extremely hard, but sheer determination and willpower soon kicked in. Through lifestyle changes including eating healthy, being active every day, and managing stress, they were able to overcome Type 2 Diabetes. It took 4 months but our Painted Dog is now in remission.
Every cent counts, and there’s still time to donate to our chosen charity, Diabetes WA. To do so, please click here.
Some pics of the day: