Isabella’s Story

divaDid you know that diabetes affects 366 million people worldwide? More than 15,000 adults and 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) every year in the U.S. alone. On August 28, 2012 our 2 year old daughter, Isabella (Isa), became one of those kids.

Isa spent 3 long nights in the hospital being constantly poked and injected. She was very happy when she finally went home to be with us and her brother and sister (they're triplets!). Isa is doing great, but her life will be forever changed.

She will be forced to manage her condition on a daily basis with a controlled diet, constant monitoring of her blood glucose levels and multiple insulin injections. By the time she turns 18 years old, Isa will have had more than 40,000 finger pricks and more than 23,000 injections of insulin.

While we still have a lot to learn about T1D, we are ready to face this challenge head on and we know our little Isa will do great. We are now committed to raising awareness and fundraising to find a cure.

Tonsils, Tubes and T1D

Last week, Isa spent a night in the hospital after what is normally a routine surgery -- tubes, tonsils & adenoids removed. Isa's surgery went well and her recovery was very quick; in fact, it was much quicker than we expected. This was not her first surgery, but it’s always a bit unnerving when … [Read More...]

“And me, mommy?”

“Can you PLEASE just stop asking me things? Can’t you see I’m changing Isa’s pod? You’re making me lose my concentration!” “Just wait! I’ll get you your drink after I check Isa.” “Why does Isa get a juice? Because she’s low, that’s why. Just have one already.” “Ok, you just made me lose … [Read More...]

Finding Isa

Marlin: Now, what's the one thing we have to remember about the ocean? Nemo: It's not safe. Marlin: That's my boy. Almost four years ago I began perfecting my type 1 diabetes elevator pitch. For four years I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to explain to others what our daughter’s … [Read More...]

Why We Celebrate “Diaversaries”

This weekend we took a short family trip to celebrate Isa's "Diaversary," the anniversary of the day she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Several weeks ago, as Kristina and I talked about how we would celebrate this year, it dawned on me that people probably wonder why we celebrate the day Isa … [Read More...]

A D-Dad’s job is never done: Dexcom FDA Panel Meeting

UPDATE: Great news! Late this afternoon, the FDA panel voted FOR changing Dexcom's label to indicate that it can be used for making treatment decisions. Still has to be formally approved by the FDA, but this decision has a lot of positive implications for those living with type 1 diabetes! --- I … [Read More...]

Trial, Error…and Flonase

We just returned from our first family road trip which included our 4th Friends for Life, an amazing conference for families impacted by type 1 diabetes. We laughed, we cried, we ate way too many french fries (#friesfordays). We're reflecting on our trip and can't wait to share some of our thoughts … [Read More...]

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