Joking aside - on November 27, 2018 (which is Giving Tuesday this year) I will have had type 1 diabetes for 21 years. And damn it that's a long time.
Fundraising for type 1 diabetes is deeply important to me, not only to get us closer to a cure, but because I have seen and personally benefited from all of the work JDRF has funded toward research so that I can better take care of myself - leading to a far safer, healthier, less burdensome chronic illness.
When I was diagnosed, I had been sick for 3 months without any doctors doing a simple blood sugar check to know what was happening. I almost went into a coma on Thanksgiving Day 1997. Now - because of JDRFs work - more health care providers know how to recognize the signs of T1D and accurately diagnose before it becomes dangerous.
After I was diagnosed, I used syringes - the old ones with the orange caps - and a combination of different kinds of insulins to manage my blood sugar. I checked my blood sugar 3-4 times a day to try to keep myself on track, but flew blind the rest of the time. A healthy blood sugar is right around 100 mg/dL. Mine regularly swung from 40 - 350 and back over the course of the day.
Now, I have an insulin pump that gives me a 24-hour infusion of insulin to more closely mimic a human pancreas. I have a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that checks my blood sugar every 5 minutes without my having to do a thing. That CGM sends information to my insulin pump and if my blood sugar is starting to go dangerously low - which could lead to a seizure or death - will automatically suspend my insulin delivery until I am back in a safer place. In a year or so, the same technology will also give me insulin automatically if it sees that my blood sugar is starting to go too high.
This progress is due to the tireless work and research funding of JDRF. Every single piece of it.
So today, I'm asking you to join me in raising funds in honor of 21 years of living with this disease.
Your donated dollars get us closer to a world where type 1 diabetes no longer exists. Will you join me?
Please support my fundraiser by making a donation today.