2013 was a great year for KIDDs, for type 1 diabetes innovation, and for diabetes awareness in general.  My father began using the new MiniMed glucose sensor that keeps him more attuned to small changes in blood sugar levels.  Marjorie's Fund, an organization that I worked with over the summer, launched its NYC Initiative to help type 1 diabetics gain better access to medical resources,  information and support systems.  The website ASweetLife, started by a a husband and wife who thrive and live normal lives with type 1 diabetes, put out a list of the best diabetes articles of 2013.  Some relate to scientific research, and others are just touching stories sent in by people with type 1.  You can check them out here - they are definitely worth a read!! 
I can't wait to see what 2014 brings...
Happy New Year!
Although I was part of the planning process of the Marjorie's Fund NYC Initiative Launch, I had no idea how powerful and meaningful it would actually be until this past Saturday when the event took place.  

This summer, I've been working with an amazing non-profit organization called Marjorie's Fund: The Type 1 Diabetes Global Initiative.  This organization was started in Africa and India, and now is being brought to New York City.  Through research and outreach, it aims to educate and prepare Type 1 Diabetics who live in resource-poor areas.  The launch of Marjorie's Fund New York City initiative is taking place on October 19th and I'm really looking forward to it! The event aims to bring young adults with Type 1 Diabetics and their loved ones from different neighborhoods together.  Anyone is welcome to attend, so check out the invitation!

During the school year, I did a lot of reading for my classes, but barely any for my own enjoyment because I just didn't have the time!  But now that it's summer, I've been able to go through some great books.  One book in particular has stood out to me, and really influenced my love of science and desire to communicate what I lear.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot was gripping, informative, funny, and touching all at once.  It also reminded me of my goal for KIDDs: To make crucial information accessible so that we can empower ourselves to support our loved ones.  

I recently read an article online about a how having diabetes can affect one's relationships and ability to cope with emotional challenges.  I found this article extremely relevant because it dealt not only with diabetics, but also the people they interact with.  As the kid of a Type 1 diabetic, it was interesting to learn that studies have shown how valuable support is to decreasing stress and conflict in a diabetic's life.  The more involved a partner, parent, or even child is, they less anxiety there is surrounding the disease and its potential effects.  
Check out the full article here
I recently returned from a trip to Wyoming that I took with my family.  On the plane ride back, we had a layover, and when we got off the first flight, my dad couldn't find his blood tester.  A blood tester is crucial for a diabetic because it gives them an exact reading of their blood sugar level and allows them to take the appropriate amount of insulin if necessary.  Naturally, we were all worried and nervous when the blood tester was no where to be found.  My dad assured us that he would be fine, but everyone still took extra precautions.  We woke him up every 30 minutes on the flight back to New York, and always asked him how he was feeling.  The next day, after returning home, the first thing my dad did was buy an extra blood tester that either my mom, my brother, or I can carry if when we travel.  Even though it was a scary experience, now we will always be prepared if something happens in the future.  Find out if someone you know with diabetes travels with an extra blood tester! 
If you want to take an extra precaution and carry a blood tester, I recommend the OneTouch UltraMini which is extremely small and portable - my dad uses it.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently published a book entitled My Beloved World about her childhood in the Bronx.  In her book, she discloses her struggles after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight.  She discusses how she dreamed of being a police officer, but wasn't able to pursue the career after being diagnosed.  I'm sure becoming the first Hispanic and third female justice of the Supreme Court wasn't too disappointing! 

Because it's winter break and I've had some more free time than usual, I've been in the mood to cook and bake.  I was looking for recipes for brownies and pies, but realized how high in sugar and carbohydrates desserts can be.  Making sure that foods are low in sugar and carbs is extremely important for diabetics because it affects how much insulin they need to give themselves.  Also, consuming large amounts of sweets can cause a spike in blood sugar levels.  

My younger brother turned 11 this year, which is the same age my dad was when he got Type 1 diabetes.  Recently, I have been wondering what the likelihood is that either my brother or I, or our children could develop diabetes.  I looked at some different websites, and it turns out that the genetic inheritance patterns of Type 1 diabetes are still very unclear to doctors.  Most of the articles I read said that you have to inherit a gene from BOTH of your parents in order to be at risk, and that there are environmental factors that could increase your chances of developing diabetes.  Some of these factors include climate, and diet.  Studies are showing that a diet deficient in certain vitamins triggers Type 1 diabetes in children. 

I hope everyone has had a great summer so far! My family just got back from a trip, so I decided to make my first entry about traveling with a family member who is diabetic.