with type 1 diabetes (T1D), to say the least, is no cake walk. Let’s be honest, it’s downright tiring and
absolutely challenging sometimes.
Despite this truth, and in the face of nearly impossible obstacles,
people with T1D still do amazing things.
And their accomplishments inspire everyone connected to JDRF to no end!
For example, Yahoo sports recently posted a story on Chicago
Bears quarterback Jay
Cutler. Jay, after being diagnosed with
T1D over four years ago and in the midst of his NFL career, has taken it upon
himself to raise money for T1D and also work directly with children living with
the disease – all while still playing!
Another recent news story focused on a woman in New Zealand, Winsome
Johnston, who has lived with T1D for 78 years. Other people living with T1D who also have
significant years of diabetes management under their belt know just how
incredible an achievement this is. And
speaking of milestones in a person’s life and others who are inspiring, 13-year-old
Matthew Sherr recently
raised more than $90,000 for JDRF by donating gifts from his bar mitzvah. Great job, Matthew, and congratulations on
proving that it’s possible for a person with T1D to make a big difference at
On a personal note, I’m quite proud of some of my recent
accomplishments as a person living with T1D for over 19 years, including a
hard-earned belt promotion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and graduating from a 500
hour yoga teacher training course.
So, if you’re reading this, and you are someone living with
T1D, or you care greatly for someone living with it, JDRF has a number of
forums where you can share your story and what you’ve accomplished while living
with this unique challenge.
Finally, continue to spread awareness, support T1D research,
and keep trying to do good things while dealing with this difficult hand that’s
been dealt. Your story, like Jay Cutler’s,
Winsome Johnston’s and Matthew Sherr’s, helps inspire others and keeps this
sometimes seemingly impossible course ahead navigable.