Over the last nearly three years Lucas has endured 8,000 finger pokes and 400 site injections. His daily routine to care for his type 1 diabetes never changes or gets any easier. Many people ask us how he is doing and it is always a tricky question to answer. On any given day he could be having an awesome day where every blood sugar check is normal. Or, on any given day he could be struggling and we are desperately trying to figure out why he is dropping low for no reason or running high without a clear answer. Illness, excitement, growth spurts, etc. all make this disease an unpredictable beast that leaves us on edge and constantly vigilant because the consequences of out of control blood sugar levels are too severe and frightening.
This is the reason we passionately fundraise for JDRF or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation every year. This organization is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. They are currently sponsoring $530 million in scientific research and were named to Forbes magazine’s top five all-star charities for efficiency and effectiveness. Currently there is no safety net for Lucas’ blood sugar monitoring except for us, his parents. Technology is available and being tested that would provide constant glucose monitoring and even the ability to automatically administer glucagon when blood sugar levels are dipping to dangerous lows. Also, Breathalyzer glucometers are in development which would allow Lucas to test his blood sugar by breathing into a tube instead of getting finger pokes eight times a day. There is constant, promising research that will make life better, easier and safer for Lucas and all individuals with type 1 diabetes.
On February 22 our family will be walking in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Mall of America. We invite anyone who is available to join us at the walk and feel the hope and excitement that the day brings. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 for Team Lucas and we know that this is attainable thanks to you our family, friends, neighbors and everyone who cares about Lucas’ future.