Feeling alone in our pain and suffering can sometimes become the catalyst that helps us find help and hope. In 2009, one year after her 8-year-old son, Jake, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Margie let those initial feelings of isolation motivate and inspire her to start Tyler Type One Diabetes Foundation, a local support system for those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Over the last eight years, with the help of some amazing friends and family, it has reached hundreds of families within 24 hours of diagnosis with practical help and hope. Margie soon learned that the adult Type 1 community needed support as well since everyone diagnosed with Type 1 grows up...but not out of it. Today, Tyler Type One offers monthly support groups, education classes, support through social media, events and awareness campaigns. These venues provide an opportunity to connect and share our lives so we never have to feel alone and isolated again in our journey with Type 1 diabetes.
Early 2016 she approached the Tyler Type One board about producing a PSA that would help make the signs and symptoms more memorable. They decided that the best way to do that was to shock people with the truth…undiagnosed or misdiagnosed Type 1 can be fatal. They felt that people would be much more inclined to remember them if they knew the seriousness of undiagnosed Type 1. Today, we ask you to join us in our effort to help save lives. Share and promote the PSA. Together we can make a difference…before it’s too late.