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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you can do this. trust me.

Last night, I joined in on the weekly #DSMA (diabetes social media advocacy) chat on Twitter. If you haven’t participated, I highly encourage you to try it out. If you have type 1 or are a parent of a child with type 1 or just want to get a glimpse into life with type 1, I promise that you will grab … [Read More...]

Isabella and Caroline

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Dear Type One Diabetes…

Dear Type One Diabetes, You came into our life quickly and unexpectedly a few years ago when Isabella, our then 2 year old daughter, was rushed to the hospital. As you know, she spent 4 days in the hospital getting poked and prodded and pumped full of insulin. My wife and I sat there with tears … [Read More...]

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Watch out Washington…here she comes!

More than two years ago, our lives changed forever when Isabella was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just weeks shy of her second birthday. We were literally crushed with the weight of her diagnosis. We sat in that hospital room, just as far too many before us have, with tears in our eyes, sadness in … [Read More...]

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