September 25, 2007

At the beginning of the month, we spent a long weekend in Asheville, NC for the Ride for the Cure. After raising more than $4,800 for the JDRF, Marc rode 100 hard miles in the Smoky Mountains with 80 other folks. Marc's parents went with us; all five of us had a great time.


I had forgotten what a great little city Asheville is - sidewalk cafes, bookstores, a co-op - I stole away each day during Marc and Olivia's naps and just wandered around. Of course, we also had to visit the Biltmore and we had a nice dinner the night before the ride at a local tavern where they brew their own.


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Olivia met several children who had pumps and exhibited real interest in the pump for the first time after playing with these kids and talking with me about how they no longer take daily shots. We have talked about this with her in the past, but now she is beginning to understand. She even started pointing pumps out to me when she saw them on people's belts.

It was so helpful for me and Marc to meet some folks in the community, as well, to talk with parents whose children were diagnosed around the same age as Olivia and who are now older. Everyone was very kind, very helpful and encouraging. I was so moved and impressed by many of the people who were not serious cyclists, but trained for and completed the 100 mile ride.



We met some members of Team Type 1 and have been reading up on their story since. Check out the link and read about how the team, comprised entirely of athletes with type 1, won the 3,052 mile Race Across America twice.

We are already making plans for next year and think that we (and by "we," I mean Marc) will probably do the Ride for the Cure in Montana.


Best of all is that Olivia's blood sugars were, for the most part, beautiful and have been since. In fact, she has been having the best six or seven weeks that she has had since she was diagnosed. I hope it holds.

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Blogger Penny said...

I have always wanted to go to Biltmore. I'm going to get there one day.

Congrats on all the money you guys raised.

And may the good blood sugars continue.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Bernard said...

Congratulations on a good ride and awesome fund raising.

Those events are always such fun. I'd do several a year except the friends I beat up for contributions would probably kill me!

It's great to hear Olivia's numbers are stable. Long may that continue

7:28 PM  
Blogger Major Bedhead said...

She's adorable!

Congratulations on the ride and the excellent fundraising!

Here's hoping the Good Blood Sugar Fairy doesn't leave any time soon.

9:19 PM  
Blogger courtney said...

Hey, congrats on the ride and the fund raising and the blood sugars. Great news that O is becoming more interested in the pump. May praents will be here in Australia in a few days. Can I look into the pump, but for valium?

7:13 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Way to go Marc!!!!!!!!

Olivia is so incredibly cute and adorable.

How bittersweet it is that she's understanding how the pump can save her from shots.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Love the pics of Olivia! She is so sweet! Congrats on the Ride and the super job fundraising. That is great.

I'm glad that Olivia is getting interested in the pump. I mentioned it to Izzy the other night after a huge battle over a middle of the night correction shot and she totally freaked. Doesn't look like it will be in our future any time soon.

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