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December 28, 2007 is the day that normal changed forever in our household. It is the day that our daughter, Jayden, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The shock is still fresh in our minds, and the did this happen? How long has she had diabetes? How will we handle this? So much to learn, so very little time in which to learn it, and so much responsibility for a nine year old little girl to bear.

Fast forward almost two years...our new normal is in full swing. Jayden is a happy, active eleven year old girl. She competes in gymnastics and cheerleading, and she enjoys middle school. She does an amazing job with handling diabetes and not letting it get in the way of what she wants to do.

And yet...we long for our old normal. We long for the days of no fingersticks, no pump site changes, no sensors, no high or low blood sugars, no carbohydrate counting. We want the days back when we could just go on vacation without having to worry about how much insulin we have or how many extra supplies we need, and we want the days back when everyone in the house could sleep through the night.

We need a cure, and we believe Dr. Faustman's research is the most promising path to this cure.

Thank you for reading, and for considering a contribution to Dr. Faustman's research.

Watching, waiting, and wanting a cure, John & Jennifer