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Logan is a typical 3 year old boy, full of energy and curiosity. Most of the time, anyways. You see, Logan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two months after his second birthday and when his blood glucose is “off,” so is he. With the help of our continuous glucose monitoring system, we are trying to minimize those times out of range, but nothing but a cure will take them completely away.


In the weeks prior to diagnosis, he had terrible tantrums. We had heard of the terrible two’s but never experienced anything like it. Then one day he started vomiting and all of a sudden looked like a skeleton. Overnight, he lost consciousness and started to have really heavy breathing. We took him to the ER where he was then transferred to the Children’s Hospital and spent 24 hours in the PICU, where they were very afraid he was not going to survive. When he “woke up” the next morning and started to talk and point to characters on the overhead TV, I can say that was probably one of the happiest moments of my life. Our boy was back with us and talking! You see, he hadn’t been talking much before that, and when he did you could not understand him. All of a sudden with the presence of insulin in his body, it was like a fog had been lifted and he could think and speak clearly. His tantrums subsided, and became a way for us to know when he was out of range.


It truly saddens us that our 3 year old knows what (as he calls them) a blood checker, poker, strips, shots and carbs are. Nothing is sadder as a parent than having to chase your toddler to hold them down to check their blood glucose or give an injection. Or when they scream and cry as you insert a sensor on them but you know you must keep going so you can keep them safe due to rapid fluctuations in their blood sugar. Or even the simple statement “I need a cookie to feel better” because they are feeling low. It just breaks your heart.


Logan gets a new sensor inserted once a week. He is on multiple daily injections, so he gets between 6 – 8 shots a day, every single day. He also gets his finger poked and his blood sugar checked 8 – 12 times a day. His poor little 3 year old fingers are riddled with marks and his arms and legs are often bruised, all from this daily ritual we must endure.


Logan is so young, people say he will not remember life before diabetes. It will be normal to him. As parents, we cannot accept this. This is not the “normal” we wanted for our child, and we truly hope for a cure for Logan and all of the others out there who live with this disease.


Jacque & Robert