This disease nearly killed me
You probably know by now that cycling has been a lifelong passion for me......what you may not know is that I also live with another lifelong challenge - Type 1 Diabetes. This illness nearly killed me only a few years ago.
There are over122,300 Australians affected by type 1 diabetes (many more have Type 2, which is a different illness). Type 1 is an auto-immune disease that usually arises in childhood and lasts a lifetime because it destroys the ability to produce insulin, which is vital for life. There is no cure - yet.
People with type 1 diabetes cannot survive without insulin that has to be injected up to six times a day or continuously infused through a pump, as well as check their blood sugar levels up to eight times every day just to stay alive.
In the last 40 years, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has been behind every major advance in type 1 diabetes research. Research not only focuses' on finding a cure for type 1 diabetes but also looks at ways to combat the complications and the environmental factors that may cause or trigger this disease. What we do know is, that going on a diet or cutting down on sugar doesn’t stop type 1 diabetes.
This year, I have chosen to do the virtual JDRF OneRide cycling event. Please support my commitment to improving the lives of the kids and others who live with type 1 diabetes by donating today.
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Many thanks in advance for your support
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