There's an old joke about a chicken and a pig arguing over who's more committed to breakfast. Clearly, it's the pig.
Did you know that according to the NIH, the mortality rate for type 1 diabetes is 3-18x that of the general population? Or that about 6% of that total is from "dead in bed" syndrome, a consequence of dangerously low blood sugars? These aren't just statistics. They're sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas lost too early. They're empty holes in the lives of their loved ones that can never be refilled. And it's a place I've been perilously close to on more than one occasion.
Let's just say I'm as committed to a cure as the pig is to breakfast.
Since 1940, the American Diabetes Association has funded research into both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to stop this unnecessary loss of lives.
When I ride my bike every year at the Tour de Cure, I do it in the hopes that $5 here or $5 there will actually make a difference. That riding, staying active, and spreading the word will help, maybe even save a life.
That maybe one day because of the work of the ADA, I'll wake up and not have to worry about whether my dinner insulin will kill me before breakfast.
Please join me in thi seffort. Make a donation at http://main.diabetes.org/goto/t1dtribe or ride with my team, TEAM RED: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/TeamRedDFW2023.
Let's get out there, ride together, share our stories, and fight for a cure.
After all, it's our bacon.
Type 1 for 51 years