WTMJ Cares: Type 1 Diabetes 'changes your entire way of living'

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Forty-thousand people are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) every year, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  

Living with T1D requires 24/7 management.  For new patients, it's a major adjustment.

"This is a whole 'new normal,'" said JDRF southeastern Wisconsin executive director Tanya Bissen.  "You're now taking insulin every single day for the rest of your life.  It changes your entire way of living."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin sees about 350 new patients per year, said Bissen.

WTMJ is taking part in the JDRF One Walk on Sept. 14th at Greenfield Park.  If you'd like to join our team, or donate, click here.

Watry Industries and Premier Aluminum donated five-thousand dollars to JDRF.  President Jason Dannenberg's step-daughter Brooke lives with the disease.

"We have a personal connection," Dannenberg told WTMJ.  "We want to be able to drive the community to support something that is important not just for one child but for every child or every adult that is dealing with this disease."



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