“I’m showing my son, ‘Look, let’s do this together, manage it, and get through it.’”
Janna Gonzalez’s son, Noah, has a heart of gold. “He is so caring and compassionate, he would give anyone the shirt off his back,” Janna said.
But that didn’t make his T1D diagnosis at age 7 any easier. After those initial “very hard” months, Janna made it her mission to learn everything she could about T1D so that she could empower her son to not just live with it, but thrive.
Shortly after his diagnosis, Noah attended a week-long summer camp for kids with T1D. Janna met another T1D mom there who introduced her to JDRF and encouraged her to get involved. Since then, their sons have become good friends and Janna has become a JDRF Advocate.
Her advocacy work started during the COVID-19 pandemic—she spent many hours on Zoom sharing Noah’s story with Representatives during JDRF’s Government Day campaign. She also became the Advocacy District Captain for Texas Congressional Districts 27 and 34, helping to grow the local base of JDRF Advocates and connecting with Members of Congress.
Janna recently participated in a JDRF Facebook Live event for Hispanic Heritage Month, where she discussed the importance of outreach in overcoming language barriers. She hopes her voice will help her community become better informed on managing T1D and inspire others to join her efforts.
At the end of the day, Janna wants her advocacy work to put Noah’s mind at ease about his future. ”I’m showing my son “Look, let’s do this together, manage it, and get through it,’” she said. “The more people you meet, the more you’re going to learn so that you can educate and advocate for your child.”
Learn more about how you can become a JDRF Advocate at jdrf.org/join.