When award-winning reporter and magazine writer Moira McCarthy's daughter Lauren Stanford was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the start of her kindergarten year,
Moira thought two things:
"The world as we know it is ending." and then, "I'll never write about diabetes."
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
It's diabetes awareness month, and since it's kind of diabetes awareness year ... or decade(s) for me, I don't post about it every day. But take a gander at these stats.
You see a successful young adult, savoring life and rocking her career. You see laughter and friends. You see spin class and doing the JDRF Ride with her mom and helping others and being a crazy gal sometimes.
This is what she doesn't show. This is why I work so hard toward a better future, and for prevention so none of you or your loved ones have to have this in the "background." Soak it in. Seems overwhelming, yes?
And yet, it is the life she must live until better treatments (they've come some and more are coming thanks to donors like you!) and a cure.
21 Years of Living with Type 1 Diabetes
Lauren is in her 21st year of living with Type 1 diabetes. I am nowhere near stopping pushing as hard as I can for a cure. That means riding -- again! But To earn your support this year, I"m adding another thing: a half-marathon!
I am hoping, after all these years, you will know that your investment in my dream is paying off in dividends. Better tools, smarter insulin, medications to offset complications are not just a dream but a reality thanks to you.
And if I train hard enough this year, we will see even more breakthroughs.
Read the latest from Moira and Lauren
My Own Medical Crisis and What It Has Taught Me About Diabetes
Adults, Type 1 and Mental Health: Time to shine a light on it all (The one where a successful adult admits to the struggle)
The one that might shock you until you read it: Why I WILL NOT sign a “petition to fund more for a cure.”
Readying for the JDRF Death Valley Ride: The one where I give YOU all the credit
Defining a cure: It’s unique to each person
I’m BACK ON MY BIKE!!! (The One Where I Realize a Harsh Reality)
Pushing on through adversity: the one with #dasBoot and sacrifice
What MY Diabetes Documentary Would Look Like
An Oldie but goodie …. on Happiness FIRST
On Bret Michaels and his latest diabetes-related setback: The good news behind his brave fight