Welcome to My Tour de Cure Web Page for the The Brody Bunch!
This will be my fourth year riding the Tour de Cure on May 6 for my team The Brody Bunch in honor of my first son, Brody.
Brody was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2013. He was in second grade. During the fall of that year, my husband Ken and I started to notice that Brody was becoming more tired than usual playing sports. He was ravenous after school for sugary treats. He started wetting the bed. Sadly, we didn't understand what was happening. For many weeks, we tried 'correcting' his behaviors.
It wasn't until I remembered we once had a newly rescued dog named KC that died 6 months after getting her home. She had diabetes. The vet said there was little to do with her and we would have to put her down once she started peeing blood. Sure enough, she peed all the time, drank tons of water, gobbled up her food, and starting losing weight. Little did I know that this experience with KC would prepare me for a life with Brody.
I was at Brody's school when this moment dawned on me and I confided in the wonderful school nurse that I thought Brody had diabetes. By that night, we had visited our pediatrician who sent us right to Johns Hopkins where we stayed for a week while we learned how to take care of Brody- with a lifelong condition- that is NOT in our family today. Ken and I were devastated. We didn't understand.
What IS in our family though is autoimmune diseases. Most autoimmune diseases are linked- rheumatoid arthritis, celiacs, gluten intolerance, and diabetes to name a few. We do have those.
So when I ride in May- I ride for all the families that don't know about diabetes. I ride because the ADA is committeed to making sure I have all the information I need to take care of Brody. I ride because the technological advances alone make life better for Brody each year- despite not having a cure. I ride so that the money I raise will help another overwhelmed family learn how to take care of their kid with resources, nurses, care packages, freebies, etc.
Did you know that the ADA supports people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? The ADA resources are awesome for learning how to cook better foods, stay motivated to exercies and which medicines are currently available to control all your diabetic needs?
With your help, we will fight for a future where a parent does not have to hear that their child has diabetes. A future where an adult does not have to face the uncertain times ahead after receiving a diabetes diagnosis. A future where you and I will know that we had a part in making this possible.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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