"Busting Our Butts to KDA!"
Or BOB 2 KDA
This past November, just 3 days after his 23rd birthday, my son Bryan was diagnosed with diabetes. At first, because he was over 21, he was not given a type 1 diagnosis. It is scary to think that many of us, including doctors, think that that type 1 diabetes (not producing insulin) just magically stops occurring once an adult birthday hits. This showed me that we still have so much to learn about type 1 diabetes and why younger people mostly get it, but older people can too. Bryan's great great grandmother lost a battle with diabetes less than a year after receiving the diagnosis and just 6 months before insulin was a treatment option, and she too was an adult. There is certainly a genetic link. What isn't known is why some with the link get it and others do not.
Injections are a daily occurence for people with T1D. 1460 of them a year in fact! That doesn't count the finger pricks or the injections because everyone is going for ice cream. Insulin is not a cure. It is a tool that helps to keep a person with T1d alive. It must be monitored constantly to insure that the proper amounts were given. If not a T1D person could go dangerously low and threaten their life.
It is so exciting to be able to ride for all types of Diabetics. 5 years ago I was in the "obese" category and in terrible shape. Had I continued that path, I would most certainly be facing type 2 diabetes today. I lost 68 lbs in 2009 and started to slowly acquire a healthy lifestyle. Last year I rode my "First and last" century ride....NEVER say NEVER... Life has a way of changing you mind! So, here I go! Another year older. This ride will be way better than the last one because.
- I can raise money to find a cure
- I will be doing it for someone other than myself
- I can show how simple people can do great things if they want to
- I get a medal (okay that is for me. I didn't get one the last ride)
donations can also be mail to Sharon Mangan, 1810 Altacrest, Grapevine, Tx. 76051
Did you know T1D:
- Strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.
- Occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy.
- Requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
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.