Our little engineer...fueled by insulin and protected by a glucose monitor
We will turn Type One into Type None
Noah loves trains. Understatement. Noah lives and breathes trains! As his parents, we live and breathe to keep Noah alive!
Noah has Type 1 Diabetes.
Noah is four.
He was diagnosed New Year's weekend 2012, at the age of 21 months. He has lived longer with this disease that without it.
He does not remember life before Diabetes and NO, that is not a blessing!
A blessing would be a cure that would stop the pain and worry and constant vigilance that is Type 1 Diabetes! A blessing would be allowing Noah to play trains, go to a train museum or go on a train ride without interrupting his fun to deal with Diabetes! A blessing would be allowing Noah to eat without measuring food and counting carbohydrates. A blessing would be not seeing Noah's blood multiple times a day. A blessing would be not having to hold Noah while he cries during painful insertions. A blessing would be not having to wake Noah to treat a high or low blood sugar! A blessing would be sleeping all night without the worry that Noah could be dead! A blessing is that our second child does not suffer with this disease. A blessing is that we have health insurance that helps us pay for the life saving insulin and all the supplies, meters, strips, devices, pumps, and needles needed to keep Noah alive!
Insulin is not a cure! Insulin is a hormone that Noah can't make for himself. Type 1 Diabestes is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks the pancreas and destroys the cells that produce insulin! Insulin is needed to break your food into glucose. Glucose is needed to fuel your body. We wish that a diet of healthy foods, lots of exercise and your grandmother's secret tonic would be all that would be needed to "cure" Type 1 Diabetes. Sadly, at this time, the only thing that will help is insulin that must be injected into Noah's little body.
Your donation can help!
JDRF is an amazing organization that takes your donation and splits it between research to find the biological cure to Type 1 Diabetes and reasearch to develop technology that improves the quality of life with Type 1 Diabetes.
Noah wears an insulin pump made by Omnipod. It delivers insulin through a catheter that is inserted under his skin. It delivers insulin for 72 hours and then must be removed, recycled and a new pump must be reinserted. Noah also wears a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that is inserted under the skin and worn for 7-10 days. It gives a reading of his blood glucose levels every five minutes and can be set to alarm for high and low blood sugars. Both devices could not have been possible without the funds needed for research, but they don't operate together. We need a cure!
Please consider donating to JDRF and walking with our team All Aboard The Cure on November 8, 2014!
We will fight to find a cure until Type One is Type None!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).