This year marks my 30th birthday as well as 27 years living with Diabetes.
Although managing my diabetes is significantly easier, (my blood glucose monitor now plugs into my iPhone,) we still have a way to go. You have stood alongside me in this fight and I am forever grateful.
This year I am more motivated than ever! Recently, at a National Training Conference JDRF’s CEO Jeffery Brewer spoke about Encapsulation, one of the cure therapies JDRF is currently funding. Simply stated, a device, about the size of a Band-Aid will be implanted under the skin containing up to 500,000 islet cells, delivering insulin for up to 24 months. Thereby eliminating constant self-injecting! Within the next 6 months Encapsulation will begin its first round of human clinical trials. Your support of JDRF has made this possible!
After 27 years of insulin injections and multiple finger sticks daily; approximately 60,000+ needle pokes in my lifetime, the excitement I feel about a future where all I will need is one doctor visit every 2 years is something I cannot express in words.
This year, if you are so inclined to get me a gift for my birthday, please help me get the best gift imaginable, a world without Type 1 Diabetes! Any donation is helpful and appreciated. I cannot thank you enough for the continued support.