To my new extended family, my name is Bradley and I was diagnosed Type 1 December 28th 2015. I recently turned 46 in February, which I guess makes me a senior in our T1 life, lol. I have spent the last couple months reading peoples posts and stories, trials and hardships, and they have been truly inspirational to me. I am honored to be a part of a family with such courage, strength, and determination, to persevere and overcome such a terrible disease we all share. As for myself, my story starts with my parents spending Thanksgivings with me here in Las Vegas. They flew in from Canada for 3 weeks, and upon arrival noticed I wasn’t all there. I was tired, unable to hang out, and not able to do the things we normally do when they visit. My mom and younger sister were diagnosed type 2 diabetic a year and a half earlier, and with further conversations noticed the warning signs of which I was oblivious to. My mom decided to do a blood glucose test just after Thanksgiving and when the meter read 33, she didn’t quite believe it! (A 33 is a 500 in American standards.) A few weeks later I was seeing an endocrinologist, and after blood tests discovered I was positive for 3 antibodies diagnosing me type 1.
Reading the stories of a lot of type 1’s made me realize I was incredibly lucky to have my mom there over Thanksgiving. My endocrinologist said he didn’t know how I was still walking, my a1c was a 13, and every other test was pretty much out of whack. In February I joined a trial study out of Stanford University, testing a drug to inhibit the immune system from attacking our beta cells or what few beta cells we have left. I just received news from the Stanford doctor’s my a1c is down to a 6.4, and the rest of my body is almost above normal. I know I have a long way to go, however I am surrounded by a very strong and determined family whom I know will be there for support, and God knows I will need it. I just want to say in advance thank you and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the future.
How do you inspire others?
I have spent over 25 years in the music industry writing and producing for such groups as NSYNC, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Fergie, Ricky Martin, and others. Although I am new to this disease I would like to be able to use my influence for more than writing songs. Life has become much more important since my diagnosis at the end of December. The struggles I go through dealing with this disease at my age I can only imagine the hardships dedication and strength it must take to be younger. I know at my age I’m an anomaly for type 1, which brings a whole new type of awareness for this disease in that it can affect everyone from any age. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help in anyway.