My families life was changed forever 3 years ago when my 8 yr grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His life will never be the same. My daughters life will never be the same. She amazes me with the strength & fortitude she has. She suffers herself from a debilitating autoimmune disease but now must put her sons needs ahead of her own. Since August of 2010 she has gotten up every night at 2 am to check his blood sugar in case it has plummeted in the night, which is a real emergency for anyone with type 1 diabetes. Those times at night when your metabolism shifts into high gear and eats up all the sugar in your system, causing a dangerously low blood sugar....coma ...or worse. I think of the time when she was a baby and I had to get up for three months every night at 2 am to feed her, thinking I would die of exhaustion before those three months were up. What if I had to do it for the rest of her childhood? What if the result of not getting up were not a hungry screaming baby, but a child not ever waking up again... New advances in the artificial pancreas are on the horizon.. Not in the far future,but already starting to top the edge of the horizon I can see the first rays of light glowing over the ocean as it edges toward reality. Testing is being done now!! That will allow Michael to be a regular kid. It will allow my daughter and many other daughters to sleep soundly through the night knowing their child will be under control in the night and wake up in the morning. That's why I give! The hope of TYPE NONE!!!! Please help by making your own contribution to the juvenile diabetes foundation! Every donation brings that dawn of the artificial pancreas closer to reality! And a world without type one diabetes within Michael's lifetime.
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