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Jesse you will NOT be forgotten!

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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  • Jesse you will NOT be forgotten!

    Jesse Alswager -


    Jesse  Alswager who has had diabetes for 10 years since the age of 3 made a video for a school project back in January of this year.  He has been an inspiration to many young diabetics (and older ones like myself) and between all of that, he is involved in both music and sports. His advocacy has brought him to Washington, D.C. where he spoke before Congress and was honoured for his stem cell research advocacy by Governor Doyle during a State of the State Address.   

    Sadly he passed away on February 3rd, 2010, shortly after the video was made due to complications of DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis).

    It has shocked alot of PWD's, as Jesse and his Mum, Michelle Page-Alswager were (and still are) very involved in the diabetic community.  They raised money for finding a cure for diabetes, through JDRF Ride For Cure and various other organisations.  They basically declared war on diabetes!  Eventually Michelle got into cycling,which proceeded to her becoming a triathlete, then onto Ironman. She came up with the idea of a Type 1 diabetic triathlon team, and a documentary about how they could train for and complete an Ironman started off Triabetes.

    To read more about Jesse go to Michelle's website at - http://triabetesdocumentary.blogspot.com/

    Jesse you will not be forgotten - we will continue to declare war on diabetes and find a cure!

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Mar, 05, 2010 13:53 PM

    A few of you have written to me via PM - asking for more information on Jesse's passing.  I know for myself, I experienced DKA at the same age as Jesse.  I was in a coma, but I managed to survive.  I have to admit, I feel guilty that I did survive and that Jesse did not. A silly thing to say, but maybe it's due to the age I'm at, and that despite my not being a "good" diabetic, so far I seem to have been unscathed by some of the effects that diabetes can do to our bodies.  My own DKA was brought on due to not taking diabetes seriously (in the 70's we didn't have all the info/education that is now present and for some of us it was a shot in the dark as to how to stay healthy/functioning).  Maybe I wouldn't have gone through this now, but maybe I would have.  You just don't know, every person handles their health management in their own way.

    The only information I can pass onto you is a statement from Michelle, Jesse's Mum - she wrote this at Incurable Runner (Jerry Nairn who is a Type 1 diabetic runner/triahlete) blog site ---

    "I want to comment.

    He didn't feel well in the morning - he didn't want to go to school and he told me he was having a diabetes day. At 3:30 he was found slumped over the sink at my home. he was gone. He was brought back to life long enough for us to all say goodbye. I felt him slip right through my hand, literally.

    Coroner has found nothing more than dka. I wish I could comfort you with saying it was something else.

    I fight harder. I fight stronger.
    Our family loves each other and our extended family in the "d" world has shown up on my doorstep ten times of what I have given to the d community - that tells you how much love there is here."

    Hope this helps with some of your questions. I can't imagine what Michelle and her family are going through. Sigh, very difficult I am sure, especially more so then just "regular" folks like ourselves, as we aren't in the public eye like they are.

    By: RunnersHigh: Mar, 05, 2010 11:31 AM

    Thanks for sharing, Anna! My prayers are with the family of Jesse.

    JDRF (1) Ironman (1) triathlon (1) Page-Alswager (1) Michelle (1) Triabetes (1) Jesse Alswager (1) DKA (1) Type 1 (1)

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