Thank you for visiting Margaret Demyan's memorial site. Margaret lived with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for 59 years and was an advocate for better diabetic services and awareness for T1D throughout her life.
Only about 5% of people with diabetes have Type 1. With T1D, a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. The daily life of someone with T1D brings a multitude of challenges, including insulin injections that need to be carefully balanced with eating and activity, disruptive glucose monitoring and sleepless nights.
Type 1 diabetes (sometimes known as juvenile diabetes) is often
diagnosed during childhood. As the disease was a daily battle for her, one of the things that regularly upset Margaret was hearing of a child or baby with T1D, since she felt lucky to have gotten the disease in her
20s and not during her childhood.
There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D and presently, there is no known cure. When Margaret was diagnosed at 23, just after the birth of her daughter, Debra, she was given a very bleak health outlook for her future and a life expectancy of, at best, 25 years past her diagnosis. However, in the last 50 years, significant advances have been made to help those with diabetes manage the disease.
Thanks to her own perseverance and the medical advances during her lifetime, Margaret lived more than double her predicted life expectancy. In Margaret's memory, your generosity will help JDRF fund life-changing breakthroughs allowing those with T1D to have more full and active lives until a cure is achieved.