"Busting Our Butts to KDA!"
Or BOB 2 KDA
This past November, just 3 days after his 23rd birthday, my son Bryan was diagnosed with diabetes. At first, because he was over 21, he was not given a type 1 diagnosis. It is scary to think that many of us, including doctors, think that that type 1 diabetes (not producing insulin) just magically stops occurring once an adult birthday hits. This showed me that we still have so much to learn about type 1 diabetes and why younger people mostly get it, but older people can too. Bryan's great great grandmother lost a battle with diabetes less than a year after receiving the diagnosis and just 6 months before insulin was a treatment option, and she too was an adult. There is certainly a genetic link. What isn't known is why some with the link get it and others do not.
Injections are a daily occurence for people with T1D. 1460 of them a year in fact! That doesn't count the finger pricks or the injections because everyone is going for ice cream. Insulin is not a cure. It is a tool that helps to keep a person with T1d alive. It must be monitored constantly to insure that the proper amounts were given. If not a T1D person could go dangerously low and threaten their life.
It is so exciting to be able to ride for all types of Diabetics. 5 years ago I was in the "obese" category and in terrible shape. Had I continued that path, I would most certainly be facing type 2 diabetes today. I lost 68 lbs in 2009 and started to slowly acquire a healthy lifestyle. Last year I rode my "First and last" century ride....NEVER say NEVER... Life has a way of changing you mind! So, here I go! Another year older. This ride will be way better than the last one because.
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Did you know T1D:
- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy.
- Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
Leaving on a Jet Plane!
Well, tomorrow my bike and I shall meet again. I have missed her! I am excited and nervous all at the same time. Excited to meet people in my new family. The t1d family. I know that will be awesome and I will learn so much from others. A little worried I am not prepared for the terrain I am going to ride.
I am so proud to know so many AWESOME people that helped me reach my fundraising goals. I truly and humbled and blessed by so much love and support. To be honest I wasn't sure I would be able to make the number needed to attend the ride, much less the later lofty goal. But thanks to the early Match by Brady (grand high pobah) Nellis and the out pouring of support we managed to do it! Way to go, everyone!
Now to pack! Burlington here I come with a hot pink helmet!
I tend to be a glass 1/2 full kind of girl.
I have never been good at math. Math and I are not friends! We have very brief meetings where I usually call in my good friend the calculator, to settle matters.
Thank Goodness Bryan is great at math! Thank goodness this has happened at an age where he can do the math and not his mother. I cringe when I think what might have happened to the boy, had be been dependent on insulin and his mothers math skills.
For instance, yesterday, we went to Chiptole. He got a burrito. This equaled to a huge math equation. Carbs for a tortilla, brown rice, black beans and the corn salsa. So much to add without a pen and paper to write it down, was more than my old brain could take. But we are not done. After you get that total, you must get the calculation based on his current Blood sugar level. (insert a finger prick here) After you have these two numbers you can go to graph and get the units of insulin needed to process the meal. He sets his insulin pen to that amount adds a needle and gives and injection.
WOW! By now, his food is often cold!
So I guess we do STILL need to know math! It could save our life!
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