my preexisting condition.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. After getting past the shock of both the diagnosis and the treatment -- WHAT? I have to stick needles in my belly every freaking day?!??! -- I've since settled down, to an acceptance of the disease and what I have to do to control it.
I'm also extremely fortunate. I have insurance that eases the financial burden of treating diabetes. Without it, the insulin, the Metformin, the Farxiga and all the other stuff I bring home from the pharmacy every month would be too expensive for me to afford.
Not everyone is in my position. Not everyone has access to coverage that mostly makes the financial side of this disease an afterthought. And given the changes that could occur if the heath insurance reforms being considered by Congress are adopted, that's a problem that could become a very real issue for millions of people. And if mandatory coverage for people with preexisting conditions is ended, that problem expands exponentially: imagine what happens then to the nearly 30 million people in the United States who share my diagnosis and the other 86 million who have been identified as pre-diabetic.
I don't want to wait to find out what politicians have in store. I want to contribute to better education about the disease, improved prevention, more effective treatments and, at the end of the line, a cure. And I want you to join me.
I'm hoping to ride a short (15 hilly miles) leg of the Pittsburgh Tour de Cure, an annual bike ride to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. I have to raise $200 to participate -- I've kicked in 20 bucks already -- but I'd like to raise twice that before the ride on July 23. I hope you can help me.
UPDATE, 11 a.m. June 27: In less than 24 hours, you guys have pretty much crushed my initial $200 goal, and already topped the $400 mark ... and I appreciate it so much. Could we get to $600? Let's give it a shot.
UPDATE, June 29: $777? You guys rock. I'm going to make one final adjustment to my goal -- let's set it at $1,000 -- and see how we do in the next three weeks.
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