Help Me Stop Diabetes
30 years ago, I went to my doctor because I was having some trouble with my vision. Just getting older I thought, so I was prescribed glasses. Two weeks later I was having the same issues, so this time my doctor sent me to have some lab work done. A few days later I received a call from his office – “You need to meet the doctor at the Emergency Room NOW!” We received your lab work back and your blood glucose levels are 720”. “What is it supposed to be?” I asked. “Around 120” was the response.
At that point, my doctor informed me that I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I had no idea what that meant, but as I would soon find out, it would mean that I would live the rest of my life without a functioning pancreas, or the vital insulin that it produces for our body to function properly. My life would forever be changed, and no matter how much I thought that just watching what I ate and exercising more would help it to “go away”, I couldn’t have been more wrong. A part of my body stopped working, would never work again, and I had to learn how to adjust to live. This wasn’t a short term fix – this was for the rest of my life. I was scared, confused and angry.
This was when I first found the American Diabetes Association, at a time of deep despair. They educated me, gave me support and care, like they have for millions of people over the years. People just like me – diabetics. As you know, in December 2016, I joined the staff of the ADA as their Executive Director for Upstate New York, because this was MY charity and my lifeline.
Please don’t feel sorry for me, that’s not what I’m looking for (“So what ARE you looking for then, Bob?”, you may be asking – read on!). I feel blessed that through research and technology I am able to live a full life (most of the time), and though it is a daily challenge, I am still here to share my story with you. I live each day attached to an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give me much needed insulin. Diabetes never takes a vacation or a day off. For those of us with type 1 diabetes, “Insulin=Life”. Without it, we die. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but that’s the cold, harsh truth. So I feel fortunate and blessed to wake up every morning and look in the mirror at myself.
Now, YOU Can Make A Difference!
I need your help, for the millions of people like me, who hope to see a better tomorrow and hold hope that someday soon a cure will be found so that others will not have to take our same path. I have set a goal to again this year raise $1,000 as part of our annual Tour de Cure and I sure would appreciate your support. Just $10 can provide healthy food and snacks for children with Type 1 Diabetes who attend our Camp Aspire each July. $20 will help our outreach to help educate those with pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes about how they can change eating and exercise habits to help them better control their diabetes. $50 can assist researchers, like Dr. Jan Czyzyk at the University of Rochester Medical Center or the scientists at Cornell University who are doing groundbreaking research funded by the ADA to find a cure.
Whatever your motivation, please consider supporting my effort in any amount to show support for those in your life who are living with this disease. Together, WE can change the course of diabetes. #WeAreDiabetesStrong
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