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Tour de Cure #10
When Mom and Dad nicknamed me "Tegan Power" they were right on! I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Christmas 2006 - yep, Christmas night. I have learned that even though diabetes sometimes slows me down - I'm not ever going to let it stop me!
How Tour de Cure has helped me:
When I was in elementary school, I did all of my blood sugar testing in the school office. I went in every day before lunch, and whenever I felt low. If I was low, I would have some “smarties,” and the secretary would set the timer for 15 minutes. If I wasn't up to 100, like it says in my school safety protocols, we had to do it again. If the secretaries were busy, I could be in the office for 45 minutes sometimes. The secretaries were very nice and I liked them a lot - but the school office can be a really busy place.
The district nurse told me I could keep my glucometer with me and test on my own once I got to middle school. When I visited my new school this year, the district nurse had retired, and the school counselor wasn't comfortable with me testing on my own. I didn't think that was right. I've done all my testing on my own since I was diagnosed. The counselor said that all of the diabetic kids at that school did all of their testing and shots in the office. She made it sound like I didn't have a choice. I was really frustrated by it and wondered how it was going to go my way. I talked to my mom and she called Kris Bockmier (regional ADA). Kris sent my mom information from the Safe at Schools program, and my mom shared that with the staff at school. After meeting with them, they agreed with my Mom and Kris. So - I do all of my testing and my shots on my own at school as I need to. I don't miss class time - I did awesome in middle school and now I continue to excel in high school. And I think I'm healthier and safer because I test more often because I don't have to worry about missing class.
Kris used stuff from the Safe at Schools program to help us out. Safe at Schools is funded by the Tour de Cure. The money you helped raise this summer is going directly to helping me do better in school - with my classes and managing my diabetes.
Come ride with us!
You know you want to - so sign up already! It will be a great day in July for a bike ride. Come join me, my family and friends, and let's go for a ride!
I will give you lots of encouragement - I know you can do it!
If you can't join us for the ride - think about sending in a donation. Every dollar counts in the fight against diabetes!
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