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I have diabetes. No, the other kind.

It's always shocking to me how little press T1D gets. It's Type ONE, for crying out loud - doesn't that mean that people should know about it at least as much as they do about Type 2?

No, I'm not overweight. I didn't eat excessive amounts of sugar as a child. Nobody in my family has it.

Yes, I can eat that. No, you don't have to change your menu for me. No really, I can eat that. Yes...I'm sure...

I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 11 years old. I remember when insulin pens came out; they weren't disposable at the time, but they were working on it (and thank God they did - I love them!). I remember the insulin pump getting popular; I still haven't tried it, but it's great for a lot of people! And most recently, the Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM is so much easier to say and type). By far, the CGM is my favorite...I'm able to see how I'm doing for the day, and better predict how much blood sugar will behave in the near future. It startles me awake when I'm high or low, preventing dangerous consequences that always used to terrify me (and really, they still do). And what's more? It's dropped my A1C below 7% which always sounded like crazy talk to me.

The advances that have been made in the past 18 years have been remarkable, and there are even more amazing advances on the horizon. An artificial pancreas is so close I can taste it, and I still haven't lost hope for the ultimate advance - a cure! Many (if not all) of these advances would not have happened without the support of JDRF, and for that, I am truly grateful.

I will be walking with my friends and family this year to raise money for JDRF so that we can continue to make strides against T1D. I look forward to the day when I don't have to count carbs, plan meals, worry about getting too low when I'm alone, decode my body's mixed messages,  or play mad scientist to control my ups and downs with seemingly random insulin adjustments.

I will be walking to raise awareness and hope that someday soon, we can prevent and cure T1D. No parent should have to deal with a child being diagnosed with this disease; it is heartbreaking and adds so much stress to an already difficult job as a parent.

Our Seattle goal this year is just over $1.6 million, and I'm shooting for a personal goal of $1,500.

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 - it is people like you who will help JDRF fund the research that will lead to a cure.


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