It was a few years ago when my dad told me he had diabetes. He's in his 70s and recently found out. He doesn't tell me anything; like the time when I called to see if he wanted to have lunch at home and he responded by saying, "I can't since I'm heading out to Chinatown. Oh, and what are you doing tomorrow? Can you drive me to the airport? I'm leaving for Hong Kong for a few months." So when he said he had diabetes, as if it were a hiccup in our conversation, I let out a quiet sigh and began worrying about a new thing that he's pretending not to worry about. Fortunately, he said his is mild enough to be managed by watching his diet, and told me not to be too concerned about it. I love my dad. He is also really bad at self-disclosure and reassurance. So at his age, any and everything adds to my ambivalence in believing what he says (about his health or just about anything) and my concern for his wellbeing.
I'm sure many of you know people who have diabetes, and who may have had to take increased measures beyond just diet management to live with the disease. Who in your life do you care and worry about that might have this?
Would you join me in doing something to show care and support for those with diabetes?
This year, I'll be taking part in the 32nd Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes; joining other JDRF walkers and runner across the country. Our goal is to raise more than $1.6 million in 2014 to fund type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures go directly to T1D research.
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 T1D.
Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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