TYPE 1 Diabetes
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 3. There was no history of Type 1 on either side of my family. After a year of four injections of insulin a day, I started wearing an insulin pump at age 4. I wear a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor).
JDRF- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
I was invited to participate in a JDRF photo shoot when I was 7 years old after a friend passed on the opportunity. I was on the cover of JDRF’s Annual Financial Report, made friends with the JDRF staff and was invited to participate in a national TV ad, “What does hope look like?” with Mary Tyler Moore.
I was the narrator in the JDRF DVD “Almost Bionic” with Dr. Aaron Kowalski. The DVD is given to newly diagnosed children in their JDRF Bag of Hope and is used to educate viewers about the Artificial Pancreas Project and the paired use of the insulin pump and CGM. In 2012, I was featured in the TV ad “Type 1 Tests Me” with Mary Tyler Moore, Nick Jonas and Crystal Bowersox.
I moved from New York to Santa Barbara in 2015 and started going to the William Sansum Diabetes Research Center. My doctor is Dr. Jordan Pinker and coincidentally he is working on the Closed-loop Artificial Pancreas System, which is the same system I narrated about years ago in NY in the JDRF movie. I had the opportunity to be a part of an International Closed-loop Artificial Pancreas trial. A change is gonna come!
JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a major charitable 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding type 1 diabetes research (T1D). JDRF’s stated vision is “a world without type 1 diabetes.”