Celebrating the big twenty-five
LEADING BY EXAMPLE. UNITED BY A CAUSE.
Twenty-five years ago this past April, I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. You're probably thinking, "Geez! Twenty-five years is a long time!" And if so, you would be correct. In those 25 years, I went to elementary school, middle school, college and graduate school. I figure skated and played violin. I had my wonderful parents who supported me in achieving my dreams and who didn't want to see T1 Diabetes get in my way. Thanks to them, I was able to have a relatively normal, healthy childhood.
Now as I'm approaching my 30s, Some of those sneaky little complications that go along with having an autoimmune condition are starting to pop up. I still have a wonderfully supportive family, friends, and, now, husband and dog, who back me up, deal with my highs and lows and the emotional toll that goes along with the everyday life of a T1 diabetic.
In these heightened political times, it scares me to think what others might be going through, whether they will be able to afford their insulin or testing supplies, or wondering if they have a strong support network to get through the tough days, like I was blessed to have. I guess what I have learned from this experience is that we have to stick together: diabetics, family, friends, and even strangers. We have to support each other's dreams.
When I was a kid, my dad and his police buddies in Pittsburgh would ride the Tour de Cure each summer to raise money for diabetes research. Now, it's my turn. As a "red rider," I am proud to being among the ranks of those pushing for more medical funding to find a cure. Your donation to the American Diabetes Association on my behalf matters! Not just to me, but to my brothers and sisters in dysfunctional pancreases... I mean, arms.
Every donation makes such a big difference. The money we raise for the Association funds critical diabetes research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, and the 86 million with pre-diabetes.
I am forever grateful for all of those willing to help and thank you for supporting me on my 25th-Diabetes-versary!
Terry L. Jarbe
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