It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it? But if you're a type 1 diabetic, "gluconqueror" may evoke the spirit of your day-to-day battle -- overcoming the short- and long-term threat of too-high or too-low blood glucose levels.
The Gluconquerors is the name that our family has created for our team of walkers in the 2012 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraiser. We invite you to join the team as a walker. And we hope you'll be inspired to support the phenomenal work of JDRF in research and advocacy that improves and extends the life of those with type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes imposes itself on our family in two ways:
My wife, Hilary Bonta, was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic as a young woman. She's managed her condition while traveling to far flung parts of the world, through several generations of ever-improving diabetic technology, throughout two high-risk pregnancies (resulting in two amazing and beautiful kids), and as another part of our always hectic household.
A year ago, my then nine-year-old son Lucas was also diagnosed with type 1. It turned his world upside down. But he's had tremendous advantages in adjusting quickly -- our lifestyle is geared to meet the needs of a diabetic, my wife is incredibly knowledgable about the condition, we live in a city with a great research hospital for children (yay, CHOP!), and Lucas embraces the science of diabetes. The same kid who a year ago wouldn't prick his own finger to test his blood glucose levels, today manages an insulin pump that acts as a mechanical pancreas.
Hilary and Lucas (with more help than one could imagine from his mom) make all of this look easy. But it's not. And while we have a lot of fun and make a lot of jokes at the expense of the condition, it's serious stuff.
JDRF is funding and advocating for research that improves, safeguards and extends the life of a type 1 diabetic. We've seen so much progress in the 23 years that Hilary has been a diabetic. My dream is that, by the time Lucas is an adult, he will have access to solutions that help manage his condition and eliminate both the short- and long-term threats to his life.
Please consider a donation to the JDRF through this website. By doing so, you can help me and the Gluconquerors make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
P.s. Some quick facts about type 1 diabetes:
Please support the JDRF. They're leading the great and important campaign to conquer diabetes.
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