Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page!
Another year down! Now on my 23rd year since diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes.
In 1996 with two small children and in the middle of graduate school I was suddenly faced with a pancrease that just stopped making insulin. At the time they diagnosed me with Type 2 diabetes, because, hey, you don't develop Type I when you are in your 30s. It took three frustrating years before my doctors changed my diagnosis to Type 1, and I can't tell you how frustrating it was to try and change my sugar levels by excersize and diet alone if you don't make insulin. It doesn't work. Within two weeks of diagnosis I was taking insulin. Now I look back and say, well duh!
They understand so much more about what diabetes is now; the different diseases that make up diabetes; how to diagnose it; and to treat it. I know that if I had been diagnosed 100 years ago I would long since have died. Fifty years ago and they were just starting to understand what to do to help people living with high sugars. And just 20 years ago they didn't know quite what to do with me. So what will 20 or 30 years from now mean for both me AND all those other 30 million American's living with one form of the disease or another.
But those changes will come about through active research funded by folks like you and me. We can't wait for federal funds to do this work! The NIH (National Institute of Health) only spends about $38/year per person with diabetes to solve the health challenges and causes of diabetes, compared to the $9,600 per year expenses associated to living with any of the different forms of diabetes, up from $7,900 just two years ago. You know the old expression "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", well, we aren't coming anywhere close to the ounce of prevention. We can change that!
We've seen the profitization of diabetes medications, particularly insulin, resulting in the same insulins now costing 1200% (12 times more) more than they did 20 years ago, while the consumer price index (cost of everything) only rose by around 100% (doubled). On the bright side there is now an artificial pancreas (insulin pump linked with a continuous glucose monitor) and I've got one of the flash glucose monitors that used a glucose sensor patch on my arm. I can now check my glucose levels as many times per day as I want and I don't have to worry about being denied test strips because I'm using too many.
Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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