November 06, 2017
BENEFITING: American Diabetes Association, Inc.
I am excited to announce that on November 5, 2017, I will be running the New York City Marathon as a team member of the American Diabetes Association! It will be my first marathon. This will mark a big milestone in my life, but the reason that I am running in the event has a much deeper meaning for me. On January 17, 2017, my wife, Erin, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. As with many other type 1 diabetics, Erin’s symptoms appeared very quickly, and within just one week of feeling like she should make a trip to the doctor, Erin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a disease for which there is no cure and will impact her every day for the rest of her life. This came as a complete shock to both of us, as Erin had no reason to believe that she would be susceptible to the disease. Erin began taking insulin immediately, and was given a glucometer in order to help monitor and regulate her blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes was something that we had both heard of, but knew very little about. Immediately upon her diagnosis, we were provided with an overwhelming amount of information that we have slowly been able to digest and understand. For those that don’t know, diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce insulin is impaired. When the stomach digests food, carbohydrates (sugars and starches) in the food breaks down into another type of sugar, called glucose, which your body uses as an energy source. Insulin is what then brings the glucose to your body’s cells. Type 1 diabetics are unable to naturally produce insulin at all, whereas type 2 diabetics produce some, but not enough insulin. Erin, along with other type 1 diabetics takes her blood sugar before every meal and then determines the amount of insulin that she needs to inject prior to eating. This is calculated by what her current blood sugar is and also by the amount of carbs and sugar in the food she is about to eat. Miscalculation of how much insulin to inject can cause a quick spike or significant decrease in her blood sugar, which can have severe consequences. It is critical that type 1 diabetics keep their glucometer and insulin with them at all times. In just a short period of time, I have learned that managing type 1 diabetes is a 24/7/365 job; every meal involves a calculation of some type. There are “no days off” for diabetics. Many have heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but most do not know the severity of the condition. Untreated or mismanaged, diabetes can cause kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attacks, strokes and pregnancy complications. Here are the facts: • 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes; only 5% (1.45 million) of those people have Type 1 diabetes. • 40,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes each year. • The onset of type 1 diabetes has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet. • At this time, there is no way to prevent or cure type 1 diabetes as the cause remains unknown. • 5 million people in the U.S. are expected to have type 1 diabetes by 2050, including 600,000 youth (individuals below the age of 20). Erin’s diagnosis marked the beginning of a big lifestyle change, but one that she has proven can be very manageable. I can’t emphasize how proud I am of Erin for taking this big change in stride. I am excited for the opportunity to participate in the New York City Marathon as a member of the American Diabetes Association team to support Erin and all other diabetics. In order to do so, I have been asked to raise $3,500. This contribution, and the contributions of all others participating as part of the American Diabetes Association team, will be used to help fund research for new technology methods to monitor and regulate the disease, and hopefully one day identify a cure for the condition. I ask that you consider helping me reach my goal of $3,500. I am truly grateful for every dollar that you donate. Thank you!