Living with Diabetes
through the use of Community Advocacy, Social Media, & BLUE Flamingos!
Brian and Meg's story...
Way back in 1988 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was what you could call a bad diabetic. I rarely checked my blood sugar, ate anything I wanted and took two shots a day of a predetermined dose of insulin. I basically ignored my diabetes doing barely enough to stay alive. Through the grace of God I’m still here today. During the first 19 years after diagnosis not only did I do little to take care of myself, I also did nothing to help find a cure for diabetes.
In 2007, my daughter Megan was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6. I made a promise to her that I wouldn’t make her do anything that I wasn’t willing to do myself. With that promise I now check my blood sugar multiple times a day, wear an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor. I’ve done more in the past 3 years than I did in the previous 19 years combined. One other pledge I made to myself was that not a single day would go by that I didn’t do something to raise awareness of type1 diabetes. I volunteer to raise awareness or money to help find a cure. So far I’ve kept my promise to Megan and we do everything together, check blood sugar, try new site locations, use the same wonderful Endocrinologist, everything she has to do I have to do. On days when I don’t feel like it, she keeps me in check, on days when she doesn’t feel like it I remind her.
I’ve also kept the promise to myself and I can’t think of a single day in the past 3 years that I have not done something that wasn’t related to finding a cure or raising awareness, probably to the point of being annoying. I don’t care I have an agenda. That agenda is that one day soon Megan, myself and millions of others suffering with this illness will be free from its hold. Insulin pumps are one step, continuous glucose monitors are another, a closed loop system would be wonderful, but I long for the day when we don’t have to do anything extra to stay alive. That day is coming and with your help we get one step closer.
One person can’t do this alone. It will take our friends, our families, and those we don’t and may never know to make this a reality. That’s why we have joined forces with Noah “The Diabetes Dude” to help make this happen. The DD Awareness Campaign is one of the purest Diabetes Awareness Campaigns I’ve found. It’s not about raising money or one child or person seeking notoriety; it’s all about making people aware of Type 1 Diabetes. Awareness is a powerful tool.
For our family a Cure is the ultimate goal, but we realize that’s a long term goal. We work for the kids and families living with this disease today. What can I do for you today, maybe you need help finding supplies, maybe you need advice on treatments, maybe you need to connect with others going thru the same thing, maybe you just need to vent. Whatever it is we are here to help in any way we can.
Check out Megan's Mega Stars Video
from a JDRF Walk!