By Laura Brigham
On March 21, 2016, my mountain-biking, skiing, piano-playing 12-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. No family history, no fast food habit, no reason at all. The ICU doctor told him, “You didn’t do
anything wrong. You didn’t eat too many Oreos. It just happened.” T1D can strike anyone, anytime.
It crushes me to remember the bewilderment in Logan’s eyes as I explained what the rest of his life would be like – an insulin shot every time you eat. I told him truthfully that I didn’t really understand what was happening but that we’d figure it out as a family.
And with the help of JDRF and its amazing community, we’ve been able to move forward and even find many silver linings to this destructive disease.
JDRF first came into our lives on Day 3 after diagnosis when our amazing mentor family visited Logan at the hospital. It was such a relief to see a strong, happy 16-year-old living successfully with T1D. It gave us hope, and it gave us our first look at what our new life would be. But how to get from here to there, and how to make the journey as positive and meaningful as possible?
JDRF helped show us the way.
Logan is currently in two JDRF-supported clinical trials: a drug intervention that focuses on continued pancreas insulin production and a closed-loop insulin pump trial. He’s endured countless blood draws and painful side effects, but this research has also (thankfully) improved his health outcomes and given us hope we will one day beat this relentless disease.
Logan also traveled to D.C. in July as a JDRF Children’s Congress delegate, getting to come together with 149 other kids who share the burden of finger pricks, insulin pumps, and blood sugar highs and lows. Logan spoke with members of Congress and even the Commissioner of the FDA about how crucial expeditious funding and research are to the 1.25 million people living with T1D. I’m grateful Logan got this opportunity.
I’m so proud of how Logan deals with the daily challenges of T1D, and does so with resilience, courage, and most often a smile. JDRF’s research and advocacy work gave us our T1D silver linings, empowering Logan to be part of the solution – a world without Type 1 Diabetes.
Thank you, JDRF.