Before June 2009, my family and I were blissfully unaware of what Type 1 Diabetes is. On Sunday, June 7, 2009, we learned what Type 1 Diabetes is as it was the day my brother Konrad was diagnosed. Less than 3 weeks after his 7th birthday, we found ourselves in Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital hearing the news, "Your son, your brother, has Type 1 Diabetes." None of us knew what it was, how to treat it, or what his future would look like. How would his life change?
His life is finger pokes, infusion sites, continuous glucose monitoring sites, glucose tablets, juice boxes, middle of the night finger pokes, and so much more than a paragraph can describe. But I can confidently say his life today is better than it was in 2009.
Konrad is a confident 15, soon to be 16, year old who is excited to learn to drive. He is involved with the robotics team 3161 at Holy Trinity. He loves to play hockey and practice the martial art of taekwondo. He loves spending time with our family dog Roger who makes all of us smile.
Konrad's life has evolved from multiple insulin injections and many finger pokes every day. Now, he boluses insulin from his pump when he needs it and he can check his glucose reading from his phone. The technological advances that have revolutionized his life are thanks to the incredible donors that support family every year.
By donating, you are changing the lives of every Canadian with T1D, including my brother.
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Thank you so much and we look forward to the 2018 JDRF Walk to Cure Type 1 Diabetes!