Couch to Metric Century for Type 3c Diabetes Awareness
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 30.3 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2015, with 1.25 million of those being classified as Type 1. While many people know of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, Type 3c is lesser known and results from exocrine pancreatic disease, such as: cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and also from pancreatectomy (surgical removal of part, or all, of the pancreas). Although recognized by the ADA and World Health Organization (WHO) as a unique disease, the onset of Type 3c diabetes (in cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, or pancreatic cancer) is often mistaken for Type 2 in the clinical setting.
So why does it matter?
Type 3c diabetes is different. The onset of Type 3c diabetes can be a sign of worsening pancreatic function from underlying disease, from chronic pancreatitis or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency as examples. This subtle change can be an early sign of pancreatic cancer in adults, for which long-term survival hinges on early recognition and rapid surgical intervention. While more research in this area is desperately needed, Type 3c diabetes is associated with malnutrition, poor glycemic control and diabetes-associated end-organ damage. In the setting of pancreatic surgical resection due to underlying disease, cancerous or not, Type 3c diabetes is treated similarly to Type 1 with comparable quality of life and long-term survival.
What's our why?
Kathleen's Mom was diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer in 2014 after undergoing a Whipple procedure. In 2017 the remainder of her pancreas was removed due to recurrent disease, and she essentially became a Type 1 diabetic overnight at age 64 (meaning: her body has no way to produce insulin and is now insulin-dependent; similar to Type 1 diabetics). Learning how to calculate carbohydrates and insulin, draw up insulin and glucagon, recognize highs and lows, and learn new medical devices for the first few times were all new and, at times, scary experiences.
BUT with loads of support from the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University and the WFBH Diabetes and Endocrinology Center Kathleen's Mom is alive and well living with Type 3c diabetes!
For these life-changing reasons Kathleen & Dakotah are on a mission:
Help support us by signing up to pledge a dollar amount per mile as motivation along our 45 mile bike ride to raise awareness for Type 3c diabetes so that others in our community do not fight pancreatic disease alone.
Final donations are tax deductible through the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University.
Date: 10/27/2018 (Sat.)
Time: 6:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Location: Charlotte, NC