Every Night I Sleep With Diabetes!

By day, I raise funds and raise awareness!

I don’t have the disease. My husband does. He has been type I (insulin dependent) Diabetic since folks were still drinking Tab. Thankfully it’s under control and he is a healthy father, husband, and all around GoodNCrazy guy.

Several years ago, I watched him switch from 2 to 3 shots per day (ouch!) to an insulin pump directly dripping insulin just under his skin. Wow. This not only changed his life, it changed MY life too.

We no longer needed to precisely time out our lunch hour. Gone was the huge stress over whether we had enough food or insulin on an airplane trip. And I stopped having panic attacks when I spent nights away worrying that he might not be able to get to his sugar tablets without me.

We understand all these amazing technologies and gains in the treatment of Type I Diabetes (T1D) haven’t materialized out of thin air. I used to work in molecular biology research. I understand what it takes and how slowly the progress churns.

What I most realize, is the need to continually support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and their work to one day find a cure for T1D.

Each year our family finds different ways to raise money and support for the Diabetes cause. We ask friends and family to support us as a family as we Walk for a Cure. Often we match the overall cash contributions with our own funds.

Right now I’m running a GoodNCrazy fundraiser in conjunction with my 10KTwitterFollowers, I’m matching every dollar raised (up to $200)! Thanks!

T1D awareness FAQs:

JDRF has created a fabulous Facebook page complete with information, frequently asked questions and a question and answer spot.

Please read these few quick answers to common questions and then go read more to become T1D aware yourself.

  • What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, debilitating disease affecting every organ system that strikes children and adults suddenly, and lasts a lifetime.

  • What are warning signs?

Frequent urination is one of the telltale signs of type 1 diabetes, along with excessive thirst, lower than normal energy/tiredness and weight loss.
Early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is important and can help prevent the risk of a potentially deadly condition, especially in young children.

  • What are the different types of Diabetes?

Type 1 (insulin-dependent or juvenile)
Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent or adult-onset)

Go share with your friends, parent groups and church members… help everyone become T1D aware!

Guest post by,

In a former life, Carissa Rogers was a molecular biologist. In her current life, she is the chief researcher of bloggy karma, parenting dos (and some don’ts), new recipes, and for spice she pretends to be a photographer. She started blogging in February of 2008 and publishes her good & crazy thoughts on GoodNCrazy.com. Also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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