May 2017, Happy Mother's Day!
May 14, 2017
BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
DAYS TO GO: 53
Our eight year old son Nicholas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last July. We were fortunate to have acted on a diabetes warning sign even though we had no idea that diabetes was a possibility. Nick was getting up to pee every 30 minutes one night which prompted us to call our nurse line after we googled the symptoms and saw diabetes as a potential cause. The nurse confirmed diabetes as a potential cause and before we knew it we were on our way to Boston Children’s Hospital after an early morning visit to an urgent care and a call to our doctor. We spent two days in the hospital learning about our new normal which includes blood sugar tests, a basal-bolus insulin regimen and a whole new perspective on nutrition. Thanks to the fantastic staff at Children’s, Nick had the best possible experience in the hospital. We have learned a lot in the last four months and we are successfully managing this challenge. Nick is a trooper, he has taken this challenge head-on and has not let this impact his life at all. We are lucky to have great support from our medical team and the Ayer Shirley Regional School District.
I will be running the Chicago Marathon next October with Team Joslin to support the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, raise awareness for the prevalence of diabetes and share potential warning signs. We do not have any family history of diabetes and diabetes was not on our radar at all. Please take some time to visit to the Joslin website to learn about diabetes, warning signs and the great work Joslin is doing. Thank you for your support! Please let me know if you have any questions about this fundraiser. Do not forget to take advantage of your employer match!
Information on diabetes warning signs: http://www.joslin.org/info/type_1_diabetes_warning_signs_in_young_children.html
Warning signs include:
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent urination
- Flu-like symptoms
Information about type 1 diabetes:
Founded in 1898, Joslin Diabetes Center is world-renowned for its deep expertise in diabetes treatment and research. Joslin is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives.
We develop and disseminate innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries throughout the world. Joslin is an independent, non-profit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and a federally-funded Diabetes Research Center.
All of the money raised by the Team Joslin program supports the High Hopes Fund here at Joslin Diabetes Center. This fund is unrestricted and supports the Center's greatest needs. These funds ultimately contribute to Joslin’s capacity to prevent, treat and cure diabetes through cutting-edge research, comprehensive patient care and pioneering education programs.