Whether you’ve been living with T1D for 3 years or 30, you can always learn new skills to reach a goal – big or small. The only requisites you need to get started are: motivation and the willingness to learn. I’m type 1 with a dream of creating awareness and helping like-minded individuals break barriers and preconceived limitations of T1D. Through the good days and bad, I make a point of learning from experiences and making the most of all situations. I can’t begin to explain how empowered I feel when I’m hiking up a trail, controlling my blood sugars, and topping out to breathless views. I post stories on my blog; sharing my successes, my rough days, and what pushes me to keep going.
I hope to inspire the T1D community as we follow our paths, set goals, and discover our full potential.
Meet Greg and Lucas:
I am Greg Stevens and I was diagnosed with T1D in November 1999. I enjoy lifting weights, snowboarding, running, travelling, and playing with my son, Lucas, who was also diagnosed with T1D in October 2011.
Lucas enjoys video games, swinging across monkey bars, baseball, skiing, and playing with his friends both at and outside of school.
Neither of us let T1D stop us from having fun and getting the most out of life.
Barbara knew the competition for a ticket to Rio 2016 would be fierce. Measuring herself against the best in her discipline, she decided to follow her dream nonetheless, knowing that T1D was the only challenger that really mattered. Although she did not qualify, Barbara showed the entire T1D community the importance of giving it all to chase their dreams however challenging the path to success may be. She breathed into every one of us the spirit of a true champion.
Meet Dr. Remi Rabasa-Lhoret: Artificial Pancreas Project
T1D is a chronic disease caused by an autoimmune destruction of pancreatic beta cells, which produce insulin. People living with T1D depend on insulin daily to live either through injections or the use of a pump. Patients must carefully manage their blood glucose levels to ensure they remain within a target range. Blood glucose control is the key to preventing serious long-term complications related to high glucose levels (such as blindness or kidney failure) and reduces the risk of hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood glucose that can lead to confusion, disorientation and, if severe, loss of consciousness).
“Approximately two-thirds of patients don’t achieve their target range with current treatments,” says Dr. Rabasa-Lhoret, endocrinologist and supervisor of the external artificial pancreas research project at the IRCM. “The artificial pancreas could help them reach these targets and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, which is feared by most patients and remains the most common adverse effect of insulin therapy.”
Meet Lorne Shiff:
Lorne Shiff has been a member of the JDRF family his entire life; his parents, Helaine and Allan, helped establish JDRF Canada back in 1974 shortly after Lorne was diagnosed with T1D. He is a valued member of the JDRF Board of Directors, a proud father, and a true T1D champion. This year, he is gearing up once again to take part in JDRF’s US Rides.
I’m Sarah and I was diagnosed with T1D just over three years ago at 10 years old. Besides the fact that living with T1D will always limit me, I never let it stop me. I can do anything that a person without T1D can do, as long as I am aware of my blood sugar levels. I can do whatever I like to as long as I'm responsible.
Life WITH diabetes is a daily fight for my life. It's always constant decisions on what is the right choice in certain matters. “What's the correct choice?” “Do I want it or do I need it?” “What's the insulin ratio for this?” My brain is always on a constant run with no stop just so I can be the healthiest and safest possible.