Making Strides for Type 1 Diabetes

Catherine’s son has battled Type 1 Diabetes since he was 5. They will be walking together at the JDRF One Walk on April 28.

By Catherine Garfinkel
Human Resources Director
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

My son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes (T1D) in kindergarten. In those early days, my job as his mother was to learn how to care for him and keep him alive. Counting carbs. Blood sugar tests. Middle of the night pricks. Multiple insulin injections. It was a daily grind that was both frightening and exhausting.

Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a relentless autoimmune disease that suddenly attacks the pancreas because the body does not produce enough insulin hormone to regulate blood sugar. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Continue reading