We're very thankful to have healthy twin 6 year olds. They're able to do everything that any other six year old can do. Our son, Andrew, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just over 3 years ago at age 3. Ever since then, Type 1 has followed him everywhere he goes - to school, to after school activities, to camp, and on vacations. He never gets a day off from Type 1, not even on his birthday. Type 1 took control of Andrew's pancreas, and *every*single*day* we fight an ongoing battle to keep control over Type 1.
A typical school day for Andrew is just like any other 6 year old's, with the exception of the team of nurses that visit him 3 times a day to help him check his blood sugar and give him insulin before snacks and lunch. There are also frequent visits during the week to the health office whenever his continuous glucose monitor (CGM) alarms that Andrew's blood sugar is too high or too low, or whenever Andrew's teacher or other school staff notice that "...he just doesn't look like himself." When he's at school, an army of very dedicated school staff members make it possible for Andrew to enjoy the same typical school day as any other 1st grader.
Keeping control over Type 1 has required us to count every single carbohydrate that Andrew eats, to test his blood sugar, around the clock, by poking his fingers with needles thousands of times (between 6-10 times a day), and give him insulin through a catheter under his skin. We must be vigilant every waking hour of every day. Type 1 is relentless. It complicates life in an indescribable number of ways, and requires extra planning every time we leave the house.
Until we have a cure, we will do whatever it takes to keep Andrew healthy. That's why, for the third year, I'll be riding again in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes (111 miles in 2012!). Last year, JDRF Riders raised millions of dollars to help fund critical research to prevent, treat and most importantly, find a cure for Type 1. It's what helps fund research that is bringing us that much closer to technological breakthroughs like the Artificial Pancreas. It's a very promising reality, hopefully just a few years away.
For Andrew, his cousins Emily, Ethan and Ryan, and millions of others...please help us turn Type 1 into Type None.
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