My story is simple. I'm a crazy, funny, passionate and loving mommy, wife, sister and daughter. I'm an incredibly devoted friend, aggressively competitive athlete, enthusiastically strategic business woman, and a Type 1 Diabetic. Didn't expect that to be the last way I described myself, did you?
Although this disgusting autoimmune disease could be all-consuming I don't let it run my life. In fact, all of my family and most of my friends know I am as compliant and dedicated as one normal humanbeing could be, to keep my blood sugars in control and remain free of diabetic complications. But, something as healthy as eating an apple, running an additional two miles, managing a stressful work project or getting a simple cold could throw my blood sugars into a tailspin and leave me feeling sick, exhausted, scared and guilty. The guilt over a bad A1c (a three month blood sugar average) is the worst!!! Women hate feeling guilty.
But, there is always a platinum lining in my overly-optimistic life! My years of serving on the JDRF NYC board of directors, and all the marathons, triathlons, duathlons and walk-a-thons I have done in support of JDRF's work, have finally paid off!!!!! We have just received FDA approval for the artificial pancreas which will eventually be a game changer for T1ds like me and the millions of other kids and adults living with this disease. THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE THIS A REALITY IN MY LIFETIME!!!!
But, we are not done. Even when this technology is perfected, and funding is available to get it into the hands of all those living with this disease, it is not the cure we all want!
On Sunday, November 6th I will be running another NYC Marathon to raise awareness and funding to treat, prevent and CURE Type 1 Diabetes. I will do the run but I need you generous support for all 26.2 miles!
My dream is to one day run the NYC Marathon for some other amazing nonprofit because together we put JDRF out of business.
In love and gratitude,