I’m what you call a “Type 1 Dad.” My son, Davis has had type 1 diabetes for about three years now. I try my best to take care of him, but my wife, Teresa, is really the primary caregiver. Managing Davis’ blood sugar has become very difficult lately, because he’s 13 years old, going through puberty and growing like a weed!
As you can imagine, it’s difficult for two people (parents) to be one pancreas, so the burden of care falls mostly on Teresa. I do what I can to help Davis, by preparing low-carb meals, counting carbs, and taking him out for father-and-son golfing, skiing and other sporting events; but I can’t be there for him all of the time. I feel bad sometimes and frightened for Davis, but I do what I can.
So, I try to help Davis in other ways by focusing on his future and donating money to the JDRF, in hopes that one day they will find a cure. I’ve done a lot of fundraising in the past for many good causes, such as the Pan Mass Challenge, but I now have a very personal connection to type 1 diabetes, so it was an easy decision to focus on fundraising for the JDRF to help improve my son’s life.
Preparing for my First Diabetes Bike Ride Event
Two years ago, I discovered the JDRF Bike Ride in Burlington, VT, but I didn’t think that I was in good enough shape to take on the steep hills. So, I made up my mind that all spring and summer I was going to train and sign up for the ride this year. I figured if Davis can put up with type 1 diabetes every day and night, I can ride my bike for 100 miles. Continue reading