Carb Lovers Unite
Carb Lovers Unite Team is making a difference. You can too!
June 14, 2018 is my "diaversary" - the anniversary of my diabetes diagnosis. A few months later in September, tests showed that I, in fact, have Type 1 diabetes (T1D). According to JDRF.com, "there is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure. T1D is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels." Lab tests, a CT scan, ultrasounds/endoscopic ultrasound, and more doctors office visits thankfully showed that all of my organs remain healthy and that there has been no damage from excess sugar in my body. So far, managing my diabetes includes once-daily insulin injections and glucose count monitoring.
My best defense in this challenge is a good offense. My goal is to learn all I can about this new life-long friend of mine so that I can make the best possible decisions for myself that I can. We will become best friends and learn how to work well together. Since my diagnosis, I have learned that a large, strong and thriving T1D community exists. So many people are out here who continue to manually manage their body's insulin since the pancreas is no longer able to. It really does feel good to know I'm not alone in this. I'm thankful for the community. It was great to meet Melanie, former Associate Director, Development with the ADA, and to be introduced to Deanna, another person with T1D who is a year (almost to the day) further along on this journey than I am.
I continue to learn about the affects and ramifications of this (thus far) incurable disease. Current research is striving to make lives better *now* for those of us managing T1D all the while remaining committed to finding a cure. Efforts are being put towards things such as: artificial pancreas, beta cell replacement, prevent/slow/reverse complications, glucose control, immunotherapies, prevention, and beta cell regeneration. More progress in diabetes research has been made in 2018 than in the previous 8 - 10 years. These are exciting times! With your participation, you can help!
Please join my Tour de Cure team - Carb Lovers Unite - for the 2019 Tour de Cure on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Events: 104 Mile, 69 Mile, 49 Mile, 30 Mile, 10 Mile Ride, or 5K Run/Walk
Registration fee: $25.00 - all participation types for registration by June 30, 2019, then $30 through July 26, and $35 day of.
Fundraising Minimum: Cyclists: $200 ($50 kids 18 and under); Runners/Walkers: Fundraising Encouraged. For any cyclists joining my team, please do not let the minimum fundraising deter you. We're all in this together. The rest of us can help out with the fundraising.
Thanks to the infuence of my friends all those years ago, I got swept up in the enthusiasm of running and have accomplished running a few marathons. Now, I am thankful for the Tour de Cure distance of 3 miles that starts at 11:00 in the morning. No cold, "oh dark thirty" running necessary! We may even have time for coffee and breakfast ahead of the ride/run.
Please consider sponsoring me, or one of our team members, in the Tour de Cure for 2019. Today alone over 4,100 people like me will be diagnosed and because more than 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with this terrible disease. Help us reach our goal!
When you donate:
You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
You fund life-saving research.
You provide access to community programs and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
When we bring together dedicated team members and generous donors, the power we have as a group far outweighs what any of us could do alone. We are determined to reach our team goal, one person at a time. Please join me at the start line so I can share the finish line with you - of this event AND of this disease!
Thank you so much for your donation/participation!