My love for Novo Nordisk started in the fall of 2011. At that time I was trying to start a diabetes partnership with a pro hockey franchise. My idea was to "Shutout Diabetes" I wanted to partner with a pro hockey team so that each time they posted a shutout a preset amount of money would be donated to a diabetes foundation. I had pitched the idea to many New England teams and was unsuccessful. I was doing everything on my own and had very little support until Leanne and I attended the ADA Boston Step Out Walk to stop diabetes. I was introduced to a gentleman that worked for Novo Nordisk, I was told that he would be the one to talk about my "shutout Diabetes". partnership. After trading emails this gentleman and I met up, I wanted to learn about the company he worked for and he wanted to help me realize my dream. As he told me about Novo Nordisk I couldn't help but fall in love with the company. We hear so much about how pharmaceutical companies just care about money, this gentleman told me the truth. Novo Nordisk cares about the patients. He and all of his colleagues would have to wear an insulin pump filled with saline and "live" with diabetes" for a week when they were hired by the company. If the workers knew what diabetes was about then they would care more about the patients and not just work for a pay check. When I heard this I was ready to switch from the insulin I was using to an insulin made by Novo Nordisk. I would go on to meet many more people that work for Novo Nordisk and each person is just as amazing and caring as the next. If it was not for meeting this gentleman at the walk I would have never had a team sign on for the "Shutout Diabetes" partnership. He taught me how to dream and how to keep fighting no matter how bad things get. Trust me when I say "Things got very bad" it took a lot of time, and tears but together him and I realized a dream.
That story is sweet but my love for Novo Nordisk got even bigger when they were introduced as the main sponsor for an all diabetes cycling, triathlon, and running team. I have had the honor of trading emails with team members and even being able to interview team member Sebastien Sasseville. Just like the members of the pharmaceutical side of Novo Nordisk the Team Novo Nordisk members are just as great. It is no secret that Novo Nordisk saved my life, if it weren't for Novo Nordisk I wouldn't have a friend that helped me realize a dream and I may not have an all diabetes team that is my life. Novo Nordisk has taught me a lot about myself and how to live with diabetes, they have made me a cycling fanatic and they have made me work my butt off to be a better person so that one day I can call myself an employee of Novo Nordisk. I'm still chasing that dream but next Sunday running in the Novo Nordisk half marathon is a way for me to say thank you to such an amazing team. When I hear Team Novo Nordisk I instantly think of the elite athletes, but I also think of all the employees that make Novo Nordisk the pharmaceutical company so great.