My little brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on the 21st of September 2008 at the age of 11. Not an overly uncommon age for one to be diagnosed.
As his older brother watching Elliot grow up and tackle the conventional issues an adolescent deals with was one thing, but to see the effect Type 1 had on him in its own right and the exacerbating effect it had on all the other ‘normal’ issues was confronting. From going to friends birthdays having to take his own food to disrupting sleeping patterns to monitor his insulin levels to relieving himself from social settings to best manage his diabetes, I witnessed how much diabetes altered his life from what it otherwise might have been. From the lifestyle id imagine you and I were lucky enough to lead.
Elliot’s experience has proved the catalyst for me wanting to do something. On the 2nd of December 2017 I will run from the Murrumbidgee River, Darlington Point, through the town of Griffith, out to Lake Wyanagan. Colloquially throughout Griffith they are simply referred to as “The River” and “The Lake”. My effort to raise both funding and awareness for the issues the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) will culminate in the event, River2Lake.
The 47.5km run is not only my way in showing support for my little brother, it is also an opportunity for me to do something to help those searching for a cure, so no young adult has to tackle adolescence with the shadow of Type 1 diabetes being ever present.
I’d love any support that you could give River2Lake 2017 as it attempts to #makediabeteshistory