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My name is Cate Logan. In January of 2016, I was 10 years old. For the previous month I had been feeling bad. I had headaches, blurry vision, was constantly thirsty and I had to pee all the time. (Parents - Please write those symptoms down - they are not a bladder infection). My poor brother could not do anything right! I was swimming on my swim team, and racing on my ski team and going to school, but was just not feeling well. It was the MLK holiday weekend. It was a powder day at Winter Park, and I was having a blast free skiing with my race team. My mother was worried that I had been up to pee three times the night before, so she decided to call the doctor to see if I could get an appointment for the next day. The doctor's office was closed, so the call went to the Children's Hospital after hours nurse. The nurse listened to my symptoms, and told my parents to take me to the emergency clinic at the base of Winter Park! That turned into one of the longest nights of my life. I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D) and my family rushed me to Children's Hospital in Aurora to begin my treatment.
The next week was a whirlwind of all day doctor visits, training, and education of what living with T1D for the rest of my life meant. This was not in my plan for the week. I am an incredibly healthy, athletic, smart child. I am not over weight, I eat well, and generally take good care of myself. No one in my family had ever been diagnosed with T1D before. Suddenly, I found I needed to count the carbs in everything I ate, take 4-5 shots of insulin a day, and prick my finger to take a blood glucose reading 5-10 times a day every day.
Fortunately for me, organizations like the ADA have raised money through the years that has funded research for better treatments, and hopefully some day a cure for my condition. I currently wear an insulin pump, a device I change out every three days that delivers small doses of insulin all day every day, kind of like a non T1D person's pancreas does. When I eat, I still have to calculate the carbs, but can use the pump to deliver an insulin bolus to cover the meal. I also wear a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) that takes measurements of the Interstitial fluids in my sub cutaneous fat that correlate with my blood glucose levels (I even know what all this means - ask me;-) While imperfect, the CGM has become accurate enough that I have been able to reduce the finger pricks to 3-5 times a day! Modern insulins have become much better and I am able to keep my blood Glucose levels in an acceptable range 50 to 60% of time most days! For comparison, my range is 70 - 150 milligrams per deciliter (there is a unit most people don't use very often ;-) while non T1D people maintain a range between 70 and 100 regardless of what they eat or do. I will take daily excursions to 50 and 250, even with constant vigilance. Fortunately, my endocrinologist (do you have one of those?) tells me that if I can maintain my BG levels as well as I have so far, I should not have any long term degradation of my life. Thank goodness that my parents have good health insurance as it is quite expensive to manage T1D!
I am still a competitive swimmer (I won the 100 and 200 Meter Freestyle at my league meet this summer and came in 3rd at State as a 13 year old in the 13-14 age group) and compete on the U-14 age group Alpine Ski Race team at Winter Park (I went to the Rocky Mountain /Central regional championships, AKA Junior Olympics the last two winters). I love school and plan to be straight A student in my Freshman year fo High School this year. I have play dates with my friends, and just had a summer filled with swim team, mountain bike rides, mountain climbs, and in September the Tour De Cure (I rode the 100 K with my BFF from swim team the last two years). Still, sometimes I have to go home early from sleepovers because the pizza party sent my BG through the roof freaking out my friends parents, or I go low in the middle of a bike ride and spend 30 minutes eating sugar on the side of the road. Life is a continuous experiment with how much to eat and how much insulin I need to offset the carbs depending on what level of exercise I plan. Every day is a new day. (At least I get to walk around with Smarties and a cell phone in my pocket at school ;-)
Did you know a child is diagnosed with T1D every 30 minutes in the US? Or that the rate of T1D diagnoses is increasing!
I can only hope that along with continuously improving treatments (better CGM's and better pumps), research will eventually lead to a cure for my disease.
Please join me and my family in this year's Tour De Cure to support the American Diabetes Association in its efforts to fund research towards a cure of Diabetes, and in its efforts to support people like me who are living with Diabetes. If you can't ride with us, please consider making a meaningful donation to the ADA to support this effort.
Thank You for taking the time to visit my page, and I look forward to riding with you in September, or thanking you for a donation to my ride.
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