"Celebrating" 10 years with diabetes, while doing my part to prevent 10 more!

Friends and Family-

On January 4, 2004, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and my life changed forever.  I realized there was something wrong while on vacation in Orlando.  However, I was caught completely offguard by the diagnosis. 

In January 2014, I will "celebrate" ten years with diabetes by returning to Orlando to run the Disney Marathon with the JDRF Team.  I'm asking for your support toward finding a cure to make sure myself and the millions of others with diabetes don't have to experience another ten years.  

Diabetes can be unpredictable.  There are nights when my blood sugar is out of control, and I'm up four or five times during the night to test and rehydrate.  There are days when my insulin stops working entirely, and I am chasing high blood sugar for the rest of the day - hot, nauseous, and painfully thirsty.  And many of you have seen me go low - incoherent, dizzy, and fighting a headache once I bounce back.  

These are the days that make me excited to be running this marathon.  I'm inspired by the ability to make a difference at a time when diabetes research is making incredible progress toward a cure.  I'm excited by the thought that someday those types of days will go away, and the risk of side effects will be a thing of the past.  I'm proud to be in a position where I can take on this challenge.  

As I train, I am asking each of you for your help.  Please consider a donation, no matter how small, to help me reach my fundraising goal.  Please support me in this journey, and help make my goal of a future without diabetes a reality.

Thank you in advance for your support - it will be my motivation through 26.2 miles on January 12th.