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The reason I ride!

    Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!  

    In honor of our son, Willie, I’m taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of riders from around the world, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. 

    So what exactly have I committed to?  In terms of fundraising, $2000! (Eek!)  That seemed a bit intimidating to me at first, but with help from friends and family, and friends of family, and family of friends, and friends of friends and so seems completely do-able!!  Hell, if we can get the word out to 2000 people, and each of those folks donates a dollar?  Well geez, that doesn't seem so intimidating, does it?  So please, please, if you can't donate, then all I ask is that you share my page.  That'll still be helpful!

    In terms of the activity?  I'm doing a "Century Ride" - 100 miles in a single day through the lovely and bucolic Champlain region of Vermont.  And THAT'S the easy part!  Prior to that, I'll be training, and training ALOT!  Over 1600 miles in the next 6 months.  Sixteen. Hundred. Miles.

    Why am I riding?  Well......that one's a bit more personal.  I'm riding for my son.  I'm riding for a boy who, at the age of 4, by no fault of his own, was saddled with a burden that's his for life.  I'm riding for a boy who can't / doesn't yet understand that his condition, while manageable, will influence every activity and decision in his future.  I'm riding for a boy who sometimes breaks down in tears when he's overwhelmed by the fact that "having diabetics" makes him different than his peers.  And I'm riding for the hope that a cure can be found to lift that weight off his shoulders in time for him to just be a little boy, free of such concerns.

    JDRF is working every day to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found. 

    Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without Type 1 Diabetics. 

    Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support.

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    The irrationality of T1D
    Last night provided an excellent example of T1D at work in a less than favorable manner! Willie and I attended a Monster Jam monster truck show. For those who have never been, I highly recommend that you check it out at least once. It's fun and entertaining. One of the attractions at these shows is "Quad Wars" in which the home town quad racing team is pitted against some other rival city's quad team. Inevitably, in the best of 3 series, each team wins one round and the rival city's team captain hurls insults at the home town crowd just to create drama and tension. Last night, after the 2nd round, I noticed Willie was welling up w/ tears and I asked him what was wrong. He broke down crying simply because the "bad guy" had said that he hated Washington DC, and that DC fans were losers. Thinking he was low (hypoglycemic), I had him test his blood sugar only to find that he was actually quite hyperglycemic. (Not surprising because he was so excited about the show) Unfortunately, this is the struggle we face every day trying to find the right balance and accounting for the effect of this glucose on his mood. When he's hyperglycemic in the 300 range, he becomes very emotional and basically irrational, and there's not a damn thing we can do to help him. As a parent, it leaves you with a feeling of helplessness and sympathy. It usually passes pretty quickly as it's fairly easy to distract a 6 yr old from whatever catalyst set him off, but it'd be a lot nicer not to have to deal with it at all!

    by Daren Krellwitz on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 @ 6:59 PM

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