Thanks to life-saving research like gizmo, i am alive.
I am walking to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).
At 22, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When you have T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. This means you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, administer insulin, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity just to stay alive. When I was diagnosed, my blood sugar was 690 mg/dl (normal blood sugar ranges from 88-120 mg/dl). The doctors and nurses said I shouldn't have been alive, much less functioning.
Two years after I was diagnosed, I experienced two life threatening seizures due to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). As a result, I started managing my diabetes with an insulin pump, which I named Gizmo. Since then, I have not experienced any additional seizures. Gizmo saved my life, and while I have since upgraded to a wireless insulin pump, I named my team in honor of Gizmo and the research that saved my life.
With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope.
By donating or joining my JDRF One Walk® team today, you’ll support research for life-changing breakthroughs to make it safer and easier to live with T1D, until we find a cure.
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).