BENEFITING: Joslin Diabetes Center
ORGANIZER: Joslin Diabetes Center
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
Dear Family and Friends,
Just about a year ago, on Easter Sunday, Jennie started to complain about being thirsty all the time. She downed almost of a gallon of Hawaiian Punch and was still thirsty. It was the salty dinner….the Easter ham I said. Some meals just do that to you. (Mother of the Year). “No – it’s been like this for a week or so”, she said. Hmmmm….that’s weird. “I’m sure it’s what you’re eating. Drink more water.”
A few days later she had the good sense to get herself checked out. Something wasn’t right. The call to my office that morning started with
Jennie: “Hi Mom, I’m here at…..”
Me (interrupting): “Jennie, I’m tied up with someone in my office, I'll call you back in 10 min”
Jennie: “No. Dr. Kaplan needs to talk with you NOW.” (Insert panic. Why does her doctor need to talk to ME?!)
He proceeded to tell me that after hearing about Jennie’s symptoms, he tested her blood glucose level in the office and it didn’t even register on the monitor. Her test was registering that high. “I’m pretty confident she has Type 1 Diabetes. You need to come pick her up now and get her to the hospital.”
Okay –seriously, how can you tell that in less than 5 minutes? I’m sure you’re mistaken. How can you diagnose that with one drop of blood? I’m sure this isn’t the case, but yes – of course! I’m on my way to get her to the hospital.
After a whirlwind of follow-up tests, it was confirmed.
Jennie has Type 1 Diabetes.
What?!! How can this be?!
We don’t have a history of Diabetes at ALL in our family?
She was just diagnosed with Celiac just over a year ago!
What the hell?!
Why does Jennie get all the stupid health issues?!
Okay – It is what it is. We can do special diets. We learned how to eliminate gluten. We can figure out how to manage sugar too. I mean that’s what’s it’s all about, right? Managing sugar? We’ll get this straightened out with a better diet and exercise, a few months of taking a prescription, and she’ll be fine. We were clueless.
No – Type 1 isn’t like the Type 2 diabetes we all see so many commercials about on TV. (I never really paid attention to how many there are until now). It’s the one we DON’T hear much at all about. The one that affects fewer than 5% of people who have diabetes. The one that requires blood testing 4-8 times a day and insulin injections 4-6 times a day, just to stay alive. The one that carries all kinds of nasty future health consequences, (some I can’t even think about) if blood sugar levels aren’t kept in check every day, all-day, every night, all night for the rest of your life. It’s THAT one.
Fast-forward a year.
It’s all part of Jennie’s daily routine now. She’s eating healthier, exercises regularly, and we hardly notice the testing, the injections, and the carb counting she does to make sure she’s injecting the right amount of insulin. The only reminders I get from her is when I get a call asking me to swing by CVS to pick up her pens, needles or test strips on my way home from the office, and when we’re at home or at a restaurant and she asks “Are we within 10?” (Insulin injections need to be taken within 10 minutes of having a meal. If taken too soon, the insulin will cause her blood glucose levels to dangerously drop. Injected insulin takes affect that quickly.)
Jennie is my hero. I’ve always said I want to be like her when I grow up. Still do. I think I started saying this when she was as young as 10. She always was and still is very, very special, and she is going to live a long, happy healthy life….because SHE’S GOT THIS!
The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, (Thank God we live where we do), has been amazing. Jennie will be a patient there for the rest of her life. Her doctor is amazing. So smart …. so easy to talk to. Really, everyone we’ve come in contact there has been great!
When I missed the lottery to make it into the Falmouth Road Race last summer, I decided to join the Joslin Diabetes Center Team as a charity runner. I was proud to run with this team, and raise money for such a great cause. In October of last year, I received an email asking if I was interested in applying to run with the Joslin Team again in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Hmmm….never really had running a marathon on my bucket list. Let me think….
26.2 miles is really far.
If anyone told me after finishing a half-marathon that I now need to turn around and run back to the start, I’d say: “Are you out of your mind?! No way! That was hard!”
If I’m ever going to try a marathon, I guess Boston is “THE” one to run.
Jennie was diagnosed just about a week prior to that fateful 2013 race.
Boston 2014 will be probably the safest and most amazing race for those who participate.
I just turned 50. It would be pretty cool to tell my future grandchildren that their Memere ran a marathon at age 50.
What the hell …. Add it to the bucket list. I’m doing it.
I am now a proud member of the Joslin Team for the 2014 Boston Marathon with a goal of raising $7,500. I can do this. (Raise the money AND run the race. Well – I’ll run, jog, and probably walk a little, but that’s okay. My goal is to just to cross that famous finish line.)
If you can find it in your heart to make a small tax-deductible donation to help support me, I will be eternally grateful. If you can’t at this time, believe me, I understand and simply ask that you send positive thoughts & some good juju my way on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 21, 2014. J
You can donate and send along an inspirational message here: (I need those too. It’s been a really tough winter and hard to train! – I’ve only fallen hard on the ice once)
Thank you, thank you, thank you….
Joslin Diabetes Center wrote -
Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, Massachusetts, undertakes diabetes research, clinical care, education and health and wellness programs on a global scale. Joslin is dedicated to ensuring that people with diabetes live long, healthy lives and offers real progress in preventing and curing diabetes. Joslin is an independent, nonprofit institution affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and is recognized worldwide for driving innovative solutions in diabetes prevention, research, education, and care.
Our mission is to prevent, treat and cure diabetes. Our vision is a world free of diabetes and its complications.