Tour de Cure!
The Red Riders ride again!
Tegan and her Daddy is back again for 2016! We've been riding since 2008 and have no plans to stop, since diabetes has not left us yet.
It has now been 32 years of diabetes for me. As a Type I, insulin dependent diabetic, I am never more than an hour away from thinking about what I just ate, what should I eat next, when that should be, and how much insulin I need to inject. Since my body gave up on creating and regulating insulin in my blood - I know have to take on that task myself. My body can usually give me some warning signs when my blood sugar is either going too high or too low, but often surprises do occur. That is just no fun at all, and that spectre of constant failure is always with me. There are no vacations, no miracle cures. Tomorrow is the same as today. Rinse, lather, repeat.
Tegan's diabetic journey has been going on for more than nine years now. She has taken on the challege that diabetes brings to life's party. Tegan is now completely in control of her diabetes treatment, with counting carbs, calculating injections of insulin with her insulin pump, and monitoring her blood glucose levels with finger pokes and test strips and now continuous glucose monitor (CGM) as well. Just think about how amazing that is. At sixteen years old - did you give your kids free access to even aspirin or cough medicine at that age? Diabetes is orders of magnitude greater than that on the scale of seriousness. Too little insulin and she can develop long term complications. Too much insulin and she could die. Tegan has become an expert at managing this disease. To me, that is both awe inspiring and tremendously sad at the same time.
Tegan's life has changed from what should be carefree years of fun, growing, and learning - into a routine of carbohydrate counting, multiple daily blood sugar tests, infusion pump insertions and constant guessing of how best to keep her body as close to normal as possible. But - she doesn't stop. Dance, soccer, reading, writing, drawing, knitting, jewelry making, homework, email, climbing trees, sleepovers...she cannot be stopped.
It may appear that diabetics have diabetes under control. And, we do - the same way an air traffic controller has planes in the sky under control. Look away from the radar screen for a second, let the planes go off without direction, step out of the control room for a break - and you will find a disaster when you return to the job.
I pray that the cure for diabetes will happen soon, and more research is needed to make that a reality. Like everything in this world, the cost of research is going up. And the support the ADA gives families like us with programs such as 'Safe at School' - these all come with a cost.
Please join us in our fundraising efforts. Your words of encouragement or monetary donations will both be appreciated!
Or, come ride with us and join Team Tegan and Her Daddy! Team Tegan has rasied over $57,000 over the past eight Tours. We've had such great times on our past Tours we hope you can get out and ride with us.
If biking isn't your thing - pass along our story to your friends. You can reach out to people that we don't know and add to the fundraising total. Send out the teamtegan.com URL to as many people as you can. There are many people out there looking for a charity. Maybe you even know Bill Gates. He might have a few dollars in his pocket looking for some cause to support today.
My employer, Amec Foster Wheeler, might be matching donations again this year - I still have to wait a few months to know the actual amount. They have matched close to $11,000 in donations in the past eight years.
OK. Ready? Go!
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