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.


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Grandma Gets It: Diabetes and Disney

*Our family had the opportunity to attend this year's Children With Diabetes 'Friends for Life' Conference held each summer in Orlando.  This was our second year attending the conference and we decided to invite one of Isabella's grandmothers, Darlene, to join us. While we will be sharing our own … [Read More...]

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A Reflection on Linens

  I pull the matching pink quilts out of the dryer and head upstairs to do what I always tell Greg is my least favorite house-cleaning task: changing sheets. Before dropping off each quilt in the girl's rooms I hold them up to determine whose is whose. Two years ago these quilts were … [Read More...]

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A Glimpse Into the Future of T1D

On Tuesday, Kristina and I had the opportunity to attend a JDRF research update featuring Tom Brobson, National Director of Research Investment Opportunities. We were excited to hear about the research going on at JDRF and, selfishly, what it means for our daughter now and in the future. On the … [Read More...]

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Suiting Up

"Celebrities with Type 1" "Type 1 Famous People" "Professional Athletes with Diabetes" After Isabella's diagnosis I searched. I searched...and I hoped.  I searched and I found what I had been so sure existed.  And I was relieved. Relieved to know that our daughter had "them" on her side. … [Read More...]

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What I Signed Up For

"I'm so sorry...I know you were just here." "It's fine. It's what I signed up for." I jump in my car, still warm from my return trip picking up a sick son just 30 minutes earlier, and head to the preschool to tend to an insulin pump that is screaming its head off...the 6th insulin pod in a box … [Read More...]

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Offending ‘Miss Manners’

  Earlier this week advice columnist Judith Martin, whose Miss Manners column is carried by more than 200 newspapers worldwide, responded to a reader's question regarding whether or not those with diabetes should check their blood sugar in public settings.  Her response was a column entitled … [Read More...]

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