T1D Research Update

I am a huge supporter of JDRF, and with that being said, lots of people ask me what kinds of developments in t1d research have been made. Well, a lot of times I do not have a clear answer to that.

Today, I got this email from JDRF explaining exactly where all of the money raised has gone to. There is hope for an easier life for me and all of those living with Type 1 diabetes. Life is becoming easier and less difficult to manage. I just wanted to share these updates for those who have supported my team and my efforts in raising money for JDRF.

Dear Calla,

Every July, JDRF sets ambitious goals for progress in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in the coming year because you, our supporters, inspire us to aim higher. Thank you. Your generosity makes our strategic plan possible and propels us toward our shared vision of a world without T1D.

Because of members of the JDRF family like you, we can report real progress in T1D research that will impact millions of people living with the disease. Together, we can celebrate achievements you helped make possible this past year such as:

  1. Beta cell encapsulation therapy that can create insulin independence for up to two years is moving to human safety testing.
  2. Current studies show potential in a drug that can slow or stop kidney disease, a serious complication of T1D.
  3. At-home testing of artificial pancreas systems that will maintain tighter blood-glucose control automatically has begun.

These are just a few of the significant milestones you helped us reach this year. You can learn more about all of our top advances when you click here.

Although we all take well-deserved pride in these life-changing accomplishments, we can’t stop until we have reached our ultimate goal of a world where nobody has to fear developing T1D. When you make a gift to JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, you impact the lives of millions of children, adults, and families challenged by the disease.

Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of all people living with T1D until we end this serious disease. Inspired by your trust in our plan, JDRF is turning Type One into Type None.


Derek Rapp
JDRF President and CEO


The Countdown is ON! | Bride-to-be deals with stress of planning a wedding and managing her type 1 diabetes

The Countdown is ON!

The countdown is on. With only 11 days left until our wedding day, my stress levels have certainly been high! My blood sugars have also been somewhat suffering.

Lack of sleep, lack of time, and all this wedding day drama is so stressful! I guess it’s hard to explain if you aren’t a female who’s had a bigger wedding and  has been in my situation.

  • Who walks down the aisle with who? Does the groom walk down before the bridal party?
  • Why do the parents need a song to walk into the ceremony?
  • What type of music will be played? Can I make a request now?
  • How should the bridesmaids do their hair? Can we do our own makeup?
  • Who’s going to drive together?
  • Who can’t come to the rehearsal dinner? (and why!?)

All seems like minor, and very stupid things, but when they all come together and EVERYONE is asking the same question, it can be rather stressful. I think my family needs to realize that I don’t care about the petty details anymore. I can no longer handle an hour long argument about why parents need to dance / be introduced into the ceremony by the DJ.  I am at the point where I really just want it to be our wedding day.

I don’t usually rant like this on my blog — and for that, I am sorry to all of my readers. I had my appointment with my endocrinologist today, and he questioned why average blood sugar level has gone up. I explained about the wedding being in less than 2 weeks and he completely understood. He told me to simply adjust me basal levels on my pump, and dose up on the insulin if I need to.

His nurse also gave me a letter to take on our honeymoon. It explains that I am a diabetic, and reasoning as to why I would be carrying needles, a juice box, a weird looking machine, something (of course, that could be a bomb) attached to my stomach area (I’m referring to my OmniPod insulin pump here). I’ve been on numerous flights before without a letter of reasoning. I’ve been pulled aside at JFK plenty of times, patted down and questioned about my pump. Luckily, I do not have to remove the pump or worry about it setting off the metal detector.

Going to the doctor in itself usually stresses me out. I need to focus on something other then the wedding. I need to focus on myself for a few days, and let my fiancé answer some  questions… only problem is, he’s “done” with the wedding drama too! We shoulda made life 100x easier and just went to Vegas…. but I can only hope that our wedding will be more elegant, with more people and fun for everyone once completed. Hopefully then I can get my blood sugar levels back on track!

Your Funding

Medical Devices created by JDRF Funding

This just happened! Paul Tatu is holding the encapsulation device, which is going into human clinical trials this year! If you have raised funds or donated to a JDRF event, THIS is what YOUR fundraising has helped accomplish!

Thank you to everyone who has ever donated or walked with JDRF. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make a huge difference. I am very appreciative of all my donations, and as always, I am taking donations on www.callascrusaders.com for JDRF.