It's been five years of finger pokes. Five years of insulin injections and pump site changes. Five years of unexpected low and high blood sugar. Five years of night time blood sugar checks and CGM alarms. Five years of blood draws to screen for other autoimmune diseases. Five years of calls and claims with insurance companies. Five years of educating teachers, coaches and parents about Type 1 Diabetes. Five years of Grace's classmates curious if a finger poke hurts.
While these five years have been challenging, they have also seen incredible research and development for JDRF.
In just the past five years, Grace has been fortunate enough to wear a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) - a device that reads her blood sugar every five minutes and can determine the direction her blood sugar is heading. A device I'm certain has saved her life - more than once.
She has also been able to wear the Omnipod insulin pump - a waterproof and tubeless insulin pump that Grace can wear without having to take it off for showers or summer swimming. It allows her to live like a typical nine-year-old while providing her the insulin she needs to stay alive.
In April, our family attended the JDRF Summit in Washington, D.C. and heard updates from JDRF's researchers on the many projects they have underway. From artificial pancreas technology that automatically gives the correct amount of insulin to true cures like beta cell replacement. We left the Summit more hopeful than ever, but these new developments need our continued support to realize them in Grace's lifetime. Your support is critical. We are grateful for the difference JDRF's research has already made for Grace and others living with Type 1 Diabetes.
We look forward to what the next five years of research and technology will bring and we know our continued support will make all the difference.
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