Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
On Halloween 2012, one day before our twins' first birthday, our lives flipped upside down. One of our twin boys, Lincoln, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile diabetes). We were absolutely devastated, heartbroken, and scared. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes when I was 11 years old. We did our research and found that we had a 1 in 100 chance of passing it along to our children. I liked those odds and thought we could handle anything thrown at us. I did everything I could to reduce that risk even further (nursing all of my boys for a whole year, holding off on introducing solids, keeping all of my numbers in tight control, etc.). Anything that I read that said there might be a reduction in T1 Diabetes, I tried it. But, we found that none of that would make a difference for us. Lincoln was put on an insulin pump immediately and was out of the hospital in four days. Jon and I have adapted to the testing Lincoln's blood sugar (finger pricks) every three hours (all day and night), carrying juice everywhere, counting every morsel of food (carbs) he puts in his mouth (much harder than you think with 3 under 3 stealing food from each other!) inserting his infusion set every other day, monitoring his pump settings, uploading them for his doctors each week, packing everyone up for the constant stream of doctors? visits, all the while, trying our best to keep him the happy, healthy, normal smiley boy that he is.
This week, one day after my son Liam's 3rd birthday, I noticed that Leland was drinking his sippy faster than usual. My heart sank when I tested him and found that he too, has T1 Diabetes. We repeated the same process with Leland that we just did 13 short weeks ago with Lincoln. He was also put on the pump and released from the hospital four days later. Since they are identical twins, we knew he had a 60% chance in getting it too but I was still so hopeful that maybe he could escape it.
It has been a tough year for our boys. Seeing your children go through something like this is indescribable. I know all the hard situations and scary scenarios the boys have to look forward to. I've been there and can only hope they are much better at educating those around them, instead of staying quiet or getting angry at people's lack of knowledge about the disease. I can only hope they are much better at handling the attention they are shown because of their disease, and instead of being embarrassed like I was, take it to move people to help find a cure.† I also hope they take it seriously and take the best care of themselves possible so they lead a healthy, long, fulfilled life.† Most children who get T1 Diabetes are in the 11-13 year old range so it is terrifying having two babies that cannot communicate if their blood sugar feels low or high, if they are feeling like they are going to pass out or be sick, etc. Jon and I have adapted to these paranoid, incredibly scheduled, worrisome parents and hope, that together, we can take the best care possible of our boys.
We are walking for our twins, Lincoln and Leland, but we are also walking for Liam. So far he does not show any indication that he will get T1 Diabetes and we are hopeful it will stay that way but if he does, we want to show them that there is progress being made, there is a cure being discovered, there are people who care. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and we hope that you can help us contribute to a cause very close to our hearts.
The Hanson Family
Jon, Megan, Liam, Lincoln & Leland
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!† I'll be taking part in this year?s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).† If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening.† And they know it never goes away.
I am asking for your support.† Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts.† By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.† JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.† Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).