SO MANY LIVES ARE TOUCHED BY DIABETES. CHANCES ARE YOUR LIFE IS TOO.
My sister, Cate, was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in January of 2016. I remember how cranky she got in the months leading up to her diagnosis! Now I know she was not really mad at me, she just did not feel good.
Cate uses state of the art treatment for her disease. She has a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), a device she tapes to her belly that inserts a small filament under her skin to take measurements of the interstitial fluids in her subcutaneous fat. It uses complex algorithms to compare the interstitial fluids to her blood glucose levels. With this device, she gets alarms on her iPhone when her blood glucose levels go dangerously high or low. She also wears an insulin pump, a device that continuously delivers a small drip of insulin to her blood stream - much like our pancreas does. With these devices, she can manage her blood glucose levels and should be able to live a long and healthy, normal life.
I find the technology that has been developed to manage Cate's diabetes fascinating! While I wish with all my heart that Cate did not have to live with this disease, I love the science behind helping her manage her disease, and hope that ongoing research will find a cure for Cate in the not too distant future! I am taking all of the honors STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes available at my local high school, and hope someday to be a research scientist working on a cure or better treatments for T1D and other similar diseases. I hope the ADA, the JDRF, and similar organizations will be able to thrive to support funding for this research!
In an effort to support that research, I will be riding in the Tour De Cure with Cate on September 7th 2018. I plan to ride the 100 K route this year as I have a High School Mountain Bike race in Steamboat the following day. Last year I came in second at Steamboat in the JV division. I hope I can do as well as a varsity racer this year, but need to leave a little in the tank on Saturday.
Last year we had 20 riders and runners join Cate on team AlliCATErs and we raised $25,000. We hope to have more riders and to raise even more this year! Please join us, or please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association to support their efforts to increase awareness of Diabetes, improve the lives of Cate and the other 30 million Americans living with the various forms of this disease.
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