Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
UPDATE on April 3rd: Thank you all so much for your support. I have finished the long runs and now tapering miles until the marathon. 12-miler this weekend will feel like a short run! I feel good and really appreciate all of the support. Just 2 weeks from Monday and I'll be at the starting line in Hopkinton!
For those of you reading this for the first time, I have joined Team JDRF to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of type 1 diabetes research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight type 1 diabetes. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward critical research to progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes from people's lives is key so that no one has to fear developing the disease. That is where our diabetes community wants to be.
One of the ways Team JDRF raises funds is by participating in the Boston Marathon. I am fortunate to have been selected to run the Boston Marathon with this year’s team. As an aside, I am wondering if I will still feel “fortunate” at mile 24! This race, and the race that JDRF is running to fight type 1 diabetes, are very important to me.
I am now in my 14th year of taking care of my own type 1 and know firsthand the complex and demanding nature of the treatment regimen. There is nothing easy about it for the millions of people with type 1. And there are millions of parents and family members worried about their children (young and old) with type 1 diabetes. Team JDRF needs your support. Please consider making a donation to support me as part of Team JDRF. I promise you that your donation will make a difference!
This is a good time to click on the video link on this page. This video provides a snapshot of my daily life. It was created by my good friend and filmmaker, Tania Ku. The video tells my diagnosis story and highlights the daily work I do in the diabetes world.
Professionally, my role has been to provide help with the behavioral and emotional aspects of type 1 diabetes. I work directly with people with type 1, their parents and family members, and many of the organizations in our diabetes community. As a person with type 1, a psychologist, and a clinical researcher embedded in a pediatric diabetes clinic, I take my role seriously. I have had the good fortune to work with amazing individuals with type 1 through the JDRF and other organizations such as Children With Diabetes, Carb DM, Diabetes Hands Foundation, Bringing Science Home, and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute.
My message to people with type 1 diabetes and their parents and families is that diabetes can be part of your life while not letting it run your life. We CAN thrive in a life with type 1 diabetes. I back those statements up with evidence from JDRF programs and research, other medical and scientific discoveries, and the advancement of so many new technologies and therapeutics. And with a healthy bolus of fun and humor too. I also know every single family I work with maintains hope for an end to type 1. Indeed, that would be amazing.
In addition to joining Team JDRF to support the organization and the millions of individuals it serves as an advocate for, I am running for myself too. I work very hard every day to take care of my diabetes. I utilize the latest and greatest technologies and rely on my family and friends in the diabetes community for support and guidance. But at the end of the day, type 1 diabetes is still a very challenging disease to manage and there are times I feel like diabetes is getting the best of me. I know others feel this way too. So, I want to show my diabetes, myself, and my friends in the diabetes community that I can excel and thrive in this race while managing my diabetes. Further, since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I have spent more years in Boston than any other city. Consequently, Boston holds my own personal record for checking blood sugars and insulin injections than any other city! I want to finish the Boston Marathon and celebrate with the city, JDRF, and all of the amazing people in the diabetes world.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please consider donating. Thank you to the people who help, support, and put up with me on a daily basis at home (Diana and Morgan) and to all my supportive family and friends. I appreciate you and appreciate the opportunity to thrive in this life with type 1.
Korey K. Hood