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Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes

By Rosemary, Volunteer Mentor, @rosemarya

Member Spotlights feature interviews with fellow Connect members. Learn more about members you’ve connected with and some you haven’t met yet. Nominate a member you think should share the spotlight.

2019.3.12 @ihatediabetes.Connect spotlight

ROSEMARY: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect?

@ihatediabetes: I started coming to Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, to seek answers for my son when he was three years old. That was in 1994, and he was developing very slowly. Many Mayo Clinic doctors examined him and ordered various tests. Finally, the doctors diagnosed my son with Williams Syndrome. They told me that he was their first Asian patient to be diagnosed with this condition. Afterward, I continued to bring him to Mayo Clinic for medical care. During that time I was both mom and caregiver: my son was the patient.

I eventually developed chronic conditions like sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. That's when I became a Mayo Clinic patient, too. I came to Mayo Clinic Connect shortly after reading a story about Connect on social media.

ROSEMARY: What motivates you to take part in the community?

@ihatediabetes: I really love interacting with other patients and caregivers about our experiences and issues. I think I have a unique perspective, because I am both a patient and caregiver. I am also participating in the programs at The Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. I have been eating better and exercising. For the past several months, I have been running one 5K race per month. I have been sharing about my 5K training and races on Mayo Clinic Connect. I like to encourage other people to get out there and run, because it's made such a big difference in my life. I am trying to be a source of support, encouragement and information to others.

ROSEMARY: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?

@ihatediabetes: I believe that we are all trying to help each other. I also have confidence that the community director and moderators are watching over our online community. So, that makes me feel safe. Safety is very important for people to feel so they can share with the online community.

ROSEMARY: What groups do you participate in?

@ihatediabetes: I participate mostly in the Healthy Living group and the Caregivers group.

ROSEMARY: Who has been a special connection for you on Connect?

@ihatediabetes: I have a special connection with caregivers. These are the people that take patients to doctor appointments, among many other things. The patients may have cancer, dementia, mental illness, developmental disability or other medical conditions. The caregivers are parents, spouses, adult children, relatives and friends. I feel that caregivers are unsung heroes. I also know what it's like to be caregiver to my son. That's probably why I feel so connected to other caregivers.

ROSEMARY: What surprised you the most about Connect?

@ihatediabetes: I was most surprised when I when I noted that a member might be in life-threatening distress, which I reported to the community director to ensure this member's safety.

ROSEMARY: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?

@ihatediabetes: I enjoy going to the coffee shop and finding a Bible passage to post on my Facebook page. I also love cooking supper for my family. I am energized by trying to finish 5K races, even when it's cold outside. The picture accompanying this interview shows me right before I left home for the Reindeer Run in Minneapolis last December. I had to really bundle up.

ROSEMARY: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.

@ihatediabetes: I enjoy hiking and snowshoeing in Minnesota State Parks. I am a Minnesota Master Naturalist.

ROSEMARY: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?

@ihatediabetes: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

ROSEMARY: What food can you simply not resist?

@ihatediabetes: I love going for dim sum with my family on weekends. Dim sum is a traditional Chinese food. In a dim sum restaurant, the guests sit at round tables. Food servers push carts containing various types of dumplings around the restaurant. The dumplings can have pork, shrimp, crab, taro or other ingredients, and be steamed or fried. The guests point to dumplings on the carts and the servers put those dumplings on the table for sampling. Guests can choose from a selection of teas to have with the meal. It's fun to have dim sum with a large group of relatives and friends.

ROSEMARY: What do you love about where you live or vacation?

@ihatediabetes: I really love living in Minnesota. I live in a quiet, friendly suburban city with good shopping options. It is outside of St. Paul and a convenient  drive to either Minneapolis or Rochester. It takes me about 1 1/2 hours to drive to Rochester for medical appointments.

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It is so great to hear more of your story, @ihatediabetes. I've gotten to know you through reading your posts about your many accomplishments as a result of your diabetes diagnosis and you have encouraged many of our diabetic Members to make changes in their lifestyle. I did not realize your history as a caregiver and a patient until today.

Nice interview, @rosemary! Thanks to you both for his great Spotlight!

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Thank you @ihatediabetes for letting us get to know you a little better! Happy Friday!!

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@hopeful33250

It is so great to hear more of your story, @ihatediabetes. I've gotten to know you through reading your posts about your many accomplishments as a result of your diabetes diagnosis and you have encouraged many of our diabetic Members to make changes in their lifestyle. I did not realize your history as a caregiver and a patient until today.

Nice interview, @rosemary! Thanks to you both for his great Spotlight!

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@hopeful33250, I have to say that I really enjoyed doing this interview with @ihatediabetes! I am glad you enjoyed reading it.

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@hopeful33250

It is so great to hear more of your story, @ihatediabetes. I've gotten to know you through reading your posts about your many accomplishments as a result of your diabetes diagnosis and you have encouraged many of our diabetic Members to make changes in their lifestyle. I did not realize your history as a caregiver and a patient until today.

Nice interview, @rosemary! Thanks to you both for his great Spotlight!

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Thanks. Rosemary was very helpful to get this done. We went back and forth with several rounds of edits.

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Hi everyone, I do have a 5k race scheduled tomorrow. It's called Hot Dash. When you finish you get a serving of Minnesota hot dish. I didn't have a race in February but I did Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. I'm hoping to just finish tomorrow.

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@ihatediabetes

Hi everyone, I do have a 5k race scheduled tomorrow. It's called Hot Dash. When you finish you get a serving of Minnesota hot dish. I didn't have a race in February but I did Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. I'm hoping to just finish tomorrow.

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@ihatediabete- What a wonderful interview. It must be very trying to take care of your son and yourself. How is he doing? You did a polar plunge! Just thinking about it makes me shiver! As a lung cancer survivor it's very difficult for me to do 5k races anymore. I loved the energy and camaraderie before the race! Thank you for letting me know you. Good luck in your race.

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@merpreb

@ihatediabete- What a wonderful interview. It must be very trying to take care of your son and yourself. How is he doing? You did a polar plunge! Just thinking about it makes me shiver! As a lung cancer survivor it's very difficult for me to do 5k races anymore. I loved the energy and camaraderie before the race! Thank you for letting me know you. Good luck in your race.

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Hi my son is doing well. He goes to a day program for people with disabilities. I finished my 5k today. I just try to stay under one hour. I don't go fast. Just steady. Can you do cardio work in a gym? I did that for a long time before I ever tried to run outside.

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@ihatediabetes

Hi my son is doing well. He goes to a day program for people with disabilities. I finished my 5k today. I just try to stay under one hour. I don't go fast. Just steady. Can you do cardio work in a gym? I did that for a long time before I ever tried to run outside.

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@ihatediabetes – yes I like the nustep. I'm moving faster. Thank you for asking
I'm so glad that your son is doing better!

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Hi everyone, I finished my hot dash 5k this morning and got my serving of Minnesota hot dish. I did my race a little under one hour. That's not fast at all. But my goal is to get outside and stay active. I got another medal to add to my collection. I've gotten six 5k medals since I started jogging last year.

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@ihatediabetes

Hi everyone, I finished my hot dash 5k this morning and got my serving of Minnesota hot dish. I did my race a little under one hour. That's not fast at all. But my goal is to get outside and stay active. I got another medal to add to my collection. I've gotten six 5k medals since I started jogging last year.

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Congratulations, @ihatediabetes.

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@merpreb

@ihatediabetes – yes I like the nustep. I'm moving faster. Thank you for asking
I'm so glad that your son is doing better!

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I use the Nustep as well. It works well in spite of heart, knee and back problems! Nice equipment.

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@ihatediabetes

Hi everyone, I finished my hot dash 5k this morning and got my serving of Minnesota hot dish. I did my race a little under one hour. That's not fast at all. But my goal is to get outside and stay active. I got another medal to add to my collection. I've gotten six 5k medals since I started jogging last year.

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@iihatediabetes- Yippee! Congratulations!

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Really enjoyed your Spotlight, @ihatediabetes Rosemary! Congrats on the 5Ks too! Cheers!

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@ihatediabetes

Hi everyone, I finished my hot dash 5k this morning and got my serving of Minnesota hot dish. I did my race a little under one hour. That's not fast at all. But my goal is to get outside and stay active. I got another medal to add to my collection. I've gotten six 5k medals since I started jogging last year.

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@ihatediabetes – Congratulations!!
You are a real winnner – a medal, a serving of Minnesota hot dish, and improved health. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for the outdoors and staying active.
As a Southerner, I have to ask – What is Minnesota hot dish?

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@rosemarya

@ihatediabetes – Congratulations!!
You are a real winnner – a medal, a serving of Minnesota hot dish, and improved health. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for the outdoors and staying active.
As a Southerner, I have to ask – What is Minnesota hot dish?

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Minnesota hot dish is basically a casserole. Often there's browned ground beef, peas and carrots with rows of tater tots are placed on top of the mixture. There are many variations of Minnesota hot dish. Often a can of cream of mushroom soup is part of the mixture.

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