Dear Friends and Family,
It’s that time of year again and I must say that the fall completely got away from me. The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is coming up in 2 weeks. We’ve had a very busy month and I asked Scott if he wanted to skip the Walk this year. Maybe he is getting too old, things are too crazy. He said “Why would I want to skip the Walk. I STILL have diabetes and there is no cure yet, so OF COURSE I want to walk. Besides, it’s the best day of the year.” So…. Here we are once again writing for your continued support in our quest for a cure.
Scott continues to do well with his OmniPod insulin pump. He would not trade that for anything in the world. They came out with a new, updated version of the PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager which controls his pod and is also his glucose meter) and he was as excited about that coming in the mail as he was his xBox. Now we are trying to get our insurance company to approve another bit of new technology, the CGM or Continuous Glucose Monitor. This is another device that he will wear attached to his body that reads his blood glucose levels every 5 minutes. It will cut the need to prick his finger from 8-10 per day to just 2. More importantly, it will alarm when his blood sugars are rising or falling at a dangerous rate. This will hopefully prevent some of the dangerous “lows” where he has difficulty standing or seeing. It will also prevent his blood sugars going too high if he forgets to “bolus” or take his insulin. Research has shown that good blood sugar control is a key factor in reducing the risk of the devastating long-term complications of the disease, such as blindness and kidney disease — but that the fear of low blood sugar emergencies often prevents many people from achieving tight control, and remains a constant concern for those who manage their diabetes well. JDRF studies have shown that, with a CGM, hypoglycemia can be reduced while maintaining excellent blood sugar control over an extended period of time.
So, long story short, the studies that that JDRF is funding are having a direct impact on the care that Scott is receiving. THIS is why we continue to support the JDRF by walking each year and we hope that you will continue to support them as well.
Here is a video Jimmy made about Scott’s journey with diabetes: Scott’s Story
You can join our team to walk, or just donate at: The Rogers Family Walk Team Remember, any amount is appreciated!
Jimmy, Anne, Scott, Brad and Jay