As many of you know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on November 22, 1999 when I was 10 years old. I was put through a series of tests before doctors finally told my parents that my headaches, nausea, sudden weight loss, and extreme thirst were all part of a single diagnosis: T1D. From that day forward, I have had no relief from the 4-6 daily blood sugar checks, shots daily, then insulin pump sites 2-3 times a week, and a constant balancing act of diet, exercise, and insulin. It can sometimes feel like an impossible way of life- people aren’t supposed to have to think like a pancreas all day! But luckily those days are few and far between. Mostly, I just do my best to perfect that balancing act day-by-day, hour-by-hour.
Today I have the greatest control over my diabetes than I have ever had. My A1c (a 3-month measurement of my blood sugar control) is at a healthy level and I am working hard to make it even better. My CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) allows me to monitor my blood sugar trends by the minute. I can better predict highs and lows and more often proactively avoid reaching dangerous levels that cause long-term complications.
JDRF is continually funding research projects improve my life in the near term and long term. They WILL cure T1D, but we know it will take time. Until a cure is within more immediate reach, JDRF is committed to keeping people with T1D healthy and reducing the burden of living with this disease. They also focus on finding new ways to prevent, reverse and treat the complications of T1D for those individuals, like me, that have lived with the disease for decades. If you have just a minute, I encourage to watch the video on this page about the impact your support can make on the lives of millions.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION is helping JDRF work towards a cure! JDRF has a plan to systematically treat, prevent, and cure type one diabetes. I know we have worked many years to end this disease- and we will continue to work several more until it is no longer my dream- it is our reality.
Thank you all for your unrelenting support in my fight against diabetes. You cannot know how much it truly means to me and family. Thank you!!