As many of you already know, we have participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride To Cure for the last two years. Last year alone, the two of us raised just over $12,000. This was all because of the generosity of so many of you. Your support has helped us raise global awareness as well as money needed to turn Type-One into Type-NONE! While much progress has been made over the years, we are still riding and chasing that NONE!
I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D) at the age of four. Over the last 30 years, there have been many ups and downs, many close calls, and many “I give ups”. To most people looking in from the outside, my life and our life together appears very normal: a life rich with wonderful family and friends, pursuing a Masters degree in Nursing at Georgia State University, and growing careers for both of us. There is a little more to our story…
The real normal that makes our normal possible comes in the form of a tiny insulin pump attached by a port, delivering insulin to my body every minute of every single day. But it’s not that simple…behind the pump you see scarred fingers as a result of being pricked numerous times a day… always calculating the number of carbohydrates eaten at every meal….glucose tablets always in tote in the event of an emergency…..regular trips to the doctor, and insurance issues to be dealt with. There are no days off. There is no vacation from T1D.
On October 31, 2015, we will continue our Type-NONE quest in Nashville, Tennessee. We will ride 100 miles together taking control of a disease that could very easily take control of our lives. We ride for the child next door and the parents whose lives are turned upside down after such a diagnosis. We ride for the T1D in your child’s classroom that hides behind a disease that makes him/her feel different. We ride for continued research for a disease that is growing in alarming numbers. We ride for continued technological advancements for that tiny insulin pump worn by so many.
We invite you to share in this mission with us. Thank you so very much for your continued support in helping us find that NONE!
With much gratitude,
Kimberly and Anne