When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D), over 25 years ago, there was a laundry list of bad things that may eventually happen to me, including losing my eyesight. I made my peace with the fact that T1D would affect what my future looked like…my distant future, though. I was counting on the fact that none of this ugly stuff would show up any time soon.
Then, in my early twenties I had to have my first laser eye treatment to treat the microaneurysms that had developed in my left eye. I felt overwhelmed and I wondered if it was just a matter of time before T1D began ruining my eyesight.
Now, years later, I am pleased to report that there have been no new microaneurysms and my vision is fine. And here’s the best part…this year, a drug called Lucentis has been approved that will halt and reverse diabetic eye disease. This means that people with T1D will no longer need to worry about diabetes compromising their eyesight in the future!
Let me say that again: This year, JDRF-funded research has changed the future and I no longer need to worry about losing my eyesight because of T1D! Thank you to everyone whose past support has made this possible!
And this is just one example of the tangible progress that JDRF has made since this time last year! There are exciting developments with an Artificial Pancreas, Beta Cell encapsulation, and more!
But as successful as JDRF has been, there is still a large gap between where we are now and what we need to deliver life-changing therapies in the future. To achieve our vision of a world without T1D, more funding is essential.
That is why I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can make a difference for me and the millions of people like me, living with type 1 diabetes. Please give to JDRF as generously as possible! THANK YOU!
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