He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010 in front of this 25-year-old army officer who seemed to be falling apart. Currently, Kumar Gaurav, head of the Bengal Madras Engineers Group (MEG) and head of education at the Center, has to inject insulin twice a day to maintain glucose levels. The steadfast young officer, however, has repeatedly pushed beyond the borders and after proving his skill in several half marathons, is now ready to take part in the Ironman triathlon, the Ironman triathlon considered one of the toughest sporting events in the world.
“I want to test my physical limitations and aim to inspire people with type 1 diabetes. I am determined to share this positive view and not stop diabetes. I am currently training for the Herculean 70.3 (half Ironman), Odisha and Bangalore marathon, both scheduled for January 2022 “So far, I’m self-employed and I manage my own expenses,” says Gaurave.
In 2016, she started running for fitness and the following year took part in her first half marathon, finishing fourth out of 70 participants. He has since taken part in six half marathons, five of which have been in the top 10. In the first blockade in March 2020, Gaurav took up cycling and began preparing for triathlons. The Ironman triathlons will cover 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.2 km of running in 17 hours. It will be in June-July 2022.
Born into a middle-class family in Patnan, Gaurav spent most of his time playing games. “I had a distant relative who was serving as an officer in the Army. I could see him coming home from various positions in uniform, with a thick mustache. His career and behavior are the first memories that inspired me to join the Indian Army, ”he recalls.
Gaurav was an average student who passed the National Defense Academy entrance exam after Class XII, but was unable to pass the Service Selection Committee (SSB). This hardly stopped the boy from pursuing his dreams. After graduating from a private university in Bengaluru, he entered the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun.
“In 2009 I was commissioned on the Scinde Horse and reported to the Bhatita (Punjab) unit. Among the usual activities are basic training in tanks, various army courses and spending time with my troops, ”added Gaurave.
“In 2011, published in Hisar, the doctor noticed some anomalies in my annual medical examination. After publishing the results, I was immediately taken to Army Hospital R&R, Delhi, where I was confirmed to have type 1 diabetes. The word continued to ring in my ears when I returned to my room with tears in my eyes they had, ”he says.
As a young army officer, the loss of control of his physical health was mentally horrible for Gaurav, and he would have gone into depression if it had not been for the help of his wife.
In 2015, the officer’s family faced another challenge when they were blessed with a baby. His birth also gave a new direction to Gaurav’s life. “Happiness was short-lived and the day after birth, we were informed that he had congenital heart disease (heart holes) and some disabilities, including weak muscles, eyes, ptosis, and a rare genetic disease called Zibberman Landan. Syndrome (ZLS). it threw a huge challenge in our way, which caused us physical and mental harm. My daughter Avisha underwent open heart surgery four months after her birth at Delhi Army Hospital R&R and an eye surgery at Command Hospital, Bangalore, ”she says. .
“On her first birthday, I took a leave of absence and went to an orphanage in Bangalore to celebrate the event with needy children. It further encouraged me to say that it is “the light of my fight” against diabetes mellitus. The courageous visit to the orphanage, along with my daughter’s seemingly endless struggle and getting to know these young children so affected by circumstances, created a chain reaction. I was grateful for the small problems I suffered compared to the incidents these young children experienced, ”says Gaurave.
That day, Gaurav took stock and decided to regain control of his life and body. On September 8, 2016, he registered for his first half marathon and finished fourth out of 50-60 odd runners. “Then, every time I was on leave, I managed to run a half marathon or two and I finished in the top 10 in four of them. This was the beginning of my journey, ”he added.
“My pancreas has given up, but I never will. Today I am training with some local friends and three coaches Arjun Kundikuppa. I want to educate, empower and inspire people with type 1 diabetes and make each of us believe how strong we really are, ”he summed up.