My name is Sean Marc Gottlieb. I have type 1 Diabetes.
I was diagnosed when I was 11 right after Halloween (bummer, I know). It came as quite a shock to myself and my family. I was shocked because I was 11 and had no idea what the diagnosis meant at the time. My family was shocked as there was NO family history of the disease. So why me?
One idea is that I am just a sweet guy (thanks, Mom). Another is that God didn't want me to be TOO perfect (thanks, Kelli). But the real reason is, of course, unknown. This is why I am especially passionate about finding a cure, a cause, anything to give us all some answers.
Let me be honest. When it comes to terminal diseases, I feel that I am lucky. I am lucky that mine is treatable and that with healthy life choices, I can live a long and happy life. I am lucky that I have so many people who care about me (Kelli, my parents, my sisters, my friends and family, my dogs). But even with how lucky I am, I still feel that my experience is not something that my future children, or anybody, should have to endure. And even though I take care of myself with the help of my wife, I know that my future is always hanging by a thread. One small slip up, and that's it.
I know that there are many out there who feel this same way. And that's why I am doing this.
I am planning on riding this road as hard as I can on a fixed gear (I will test my blood sugar when I need to, thanks). And I know that Kelli will be right beside me reminding me to have my glucose tablets ready. That reminds me, I need to change my infusion set.
I appreciate any donation you can give. You can be sure that it is going to good cause. So, come on, give me a little sugar.