Flashback- Un-Happy Father's Day! June 18, 2002
Michael joined the T1D Club, (not by choice) at the age of twelve. It was an unplanned Father’s Day experience that changed many lives forever. From your eyes looking in, Michael lives the very "normal" existence of a young man with the entire world simply at his fingertips.
But what you don't see is Michael's real "normal". You don't see those same fingertips bear the pokes and stings of needles eight times a day. That's 43,800 finger sticks in 15 years and counting!
You don't see that insulin is being pumped through a tube into his body every hour of every single day just to keep him alive. You don't see him changing his pump-set every three days, the glucose tablets in his pocket that he uses when his blood sugar drops, or calculating the amount of carbohydrates he eats at every meal. You don't see the life or death decisions that he must make, the regular doctor's visits, the pharmacy visits and the supply and insurance issues that have to be dealt with. You don't see that even on the days when Michael' just doesn't feel like dealing with "it" today; he has no choice. There are no vacations. There are no days off. THIS is really what Michael's normal looks like!
So, in my continued quest for that little "N" to turn Type One into Type None I am heading to Amelia Island to ride 100 miles (in one day) for my 40th Ride to Cure, to help find a cure for T1D and I humbly ask for your support.
Unfortunately, this disease is growing in unimaginable numbers, and if you haven't already been personally touched in some way by T1D, the reality is that in a few short years, you will be! Help me help my Michael. Help me help that beautiful freckled-face six year old niece of yours who will be diagnosed next year. Help me help your grand baby, or your neighbor's child, or your co-worker's six month old who has to bear lifelong treatment and regimen and whose life will be cut short by at least two decades. Help me rid the world of T1D and turn Type One into Type None! Help me find that "N"!
Tax Deductible Donations can be made at www.ridetocure.com or checks made payable to JDRF mailed to me at:
3151 Stillhouse Creek Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30339
Lori, Michael, Brian and Stephanie join me in thanking you for your continued support.