Scott Hanselman

Team Hanselman and Diabetes Walk 2007

April 12, 2007 Comment on this post [18] Posted in Diabetes
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I'm here to ask you a personal favor, Dear Reader.

Please Donate to Team Hanselman and help us reach our Goal of raising $50,000 to Fight Diabetes...

...during this year's Step Out to Fight Diabetes by the American Diabetes Association.

This is a technical blog, but I'm not just a technical person full of source code and pomposity.

Two months before my 21st birthday I started peeing a lot. A LOT. Like I was drinking four 2-liter bottles of Sprite a day and was still thirsty beyond belief. We'd just had a family photo taken and I was 130lbs on a 5'11" frame (for those of you outside the US, that's thin.) I was wasting away and looked like death. My father, a Portland Firefighter and Paramedic for thirty years smelled the sugar on my breath and sent me right away to the hospital where my blood glucose level was higher than the meter could read...and it's supposed to be under 100mg/dl.

I spent that spring learning how to give myself shots, four a day, along with a regiment of pills. Twelve years later I have no side effects, knock on wood. Not everyone is that lucky. I recently went to a funeral of a high-school friend who was the exact same age and succumbed to Type 1 Diabetes.

I currently take three shots a day of Symlin while also wearing an Insulin Pump 24-hours a day, even while I sleep. The pump saves me from an additional six shots a day, which I took for 8 years before the pump. I test my blood sugar by pricking my finger between 8 and 10 times a day - that's about 46,500 finger pricks so far, and miles to go before I sleep.

I consider myself lucky though. My 91-year old grandmother's neighbor friend in the 1920's, before Insulin was widely used (it was discovered in 1921) ate nothing but lettuce and eventually died in childhood. I have friends who have been diabetic for nearly 50 years and had to boil large-gauge needles on the stove before injecting themselves with Pork-derived insulin, basing their decisions on a once-a-day urine check to check their blood glucose level.

Diabetes is endemic. Here's some stats from the NIH:

  • Total: 20.8 million people—7 percent of the population—have diabetes.
    • Diagnosed: 14.6 million people
    • Un-diagnosed: 6.2 million people
  • 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2005.
    • Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2002.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 years.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44 percent of new cases in 2002.
  • About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.

I tell you this not to scare you, or ask for pity. I tell you this because it's the painful truth. It sucks, and it sucks big time. I am constantly and consistently afraid that my son will face this disease in his lifetime. God help the children who get Type 1 diabetes. I was hardly prepared at 21, I can just now begin to imagine what a parent of a 2 or 3 year old would go through after a diagnosis like that. I'm even afraid to say it out loud, it's that unspeakable.

If you aren't familiar with Diabetes, perhaps my explanation on how Diabetes works using an analogy of an Airplane and the above statistics will help you understand how personally painful this disease is.

The Goal

This year Team Hanselman, led by myself and my wife, Mo, who had this whole idea, will be walking to fight diabetes on Oct 20h, 2007. We have set a goal of raising US$50,000. Crazy, huh?

If only 2500 of you, dear readers, gave US$20 to this cause, we've met our Team Goal. If only 1000 give US$50, well, you get the idea. If you can't donate, that's OK. Post about this on your blog, spread the URL or put some of our Diabetes "Flair" on your site!

Last year this time, there were over 5000 people subscribing to this blog (for the technical content, I assume) - this year there are over 14,000.

A Personal Favor to Me

Perhaps you've Googled and found my blog useful in the past or you've seen me speak at a conference or local user's group. Or, you've hung out here for years (this blog started in April 2002!). Maybe you're a blogger yourself and use DasBlog. Perhaps you've visited my Blog Archives and found them useful, or you read the ASP.NET 2.0 book.

If you've ever thought about giving a 'tip' to this blog, here's your chance to make that tip tax-deductible! (if you're in the US) You can also paypal your donation to the email address that is "my first name at my last name .com" and I will personally deliver 100% of your money myself.

Donate Now

Donations are Tax-Deductible and go directly to the ADA. If you like, you can PayPal me and I'll deliver the money myself.

Team Hanselman Diabetes "Blog Flair" and Badges

Please feel free to spread this flair or post them on your blog, and link them to this easy to remember link: It'll bring folks right here to this site.


If you want to create a better flair, like the one that Jon Galloway created, send it to me, or put a link in the comments and I'll add it to this page for others to use!

LINKING NOTE: brings you here, and takes you straight to the donation site.

Thanks for your patient attention, we now return you to our regular blogging schedule.

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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April 12, 2007 18:04
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April 12, 2007 19:52
Glad to help, Scott. I'm actually fundraising myself right now for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Whitefish, Montana, but I couldn't pass up the chance to help out one of my favorite bloggers.

As the parent of a Type 1 diabetic, I can relate to everything in your post. It's a strange club you join once the diagnosis has been made. It's a whole new language of numbers and ratios and biology. It's disconcerting to realize that I no longer find it unusual to check my six year old sons blood sugar while he's sleeping, and that I've gotten so good at it that he doesn't even wake up. Your readers need to realize how RELENTLESS the management of this disease is. They may be saying, "Yeah, Scott has diabetes, but he's got that pump thingy, so he's good to go." My son has a pump, and his numbers are still all over the place. I know it will get better as he gets older, but right now it's just crazy. A little more exercise one day, and he's struggling with low BG readings, less exercise the next day and his numbers shoot up. You're never set. It's constant fiddling with insulin:carb ratios and basal rates and all the other strange lingo with which you are so familiar.

Anyway, great blog, and a great cause. I hope all of your readers really pitch in so that you reach your goal.

April 12, 2007 20:01
Hi Scott,

This might sound corny, but I often think of you when I have to take Requip every four hours because I suffer from severe Restless Legs Syndrome. I remember how at STEP you'd just whip out the needle and do your thing, and thinking of that helps me feel less embarrassed when I have to pull out my meds in front of my students, or during a meeting at work.

I fortunately don't have to deal with needles, but I get a tickly, crawly, muscle-spasmy feeling in my legs and arms every few seconds without my meds, and sometimes even with my meds while I wait for them to kick in. It drives me close to insanity and really does suck big time, and I can totally relate to the feeling of hoping my kid don't get it either - watching for signs, praying, etc. Anyway, enough about me....

I'll post a link to this page on my RLS site at a@ and I hope you reach your goal of $50K! :-)
April 12, 2007 21:00
Has some neat info about diabetes cures and procedures.
April 12, 2007 21:05
Hi Scott,

Here's my contribution:

Also, I sent something to your paypal. I hope you got it.

April 12, 2007 21:06
Oh yeah, also (not sure if it is supposed to) the meter at the top of your post is not updated with the real stats. If its not supposed to then it would be cool if it did.

April 12, 2007 21:25
Vaibhav - Thanks so much for your support. I've updated the meter and I will do so (manually so far) as donations come in.
April 12, 2007 22:47
Hi Scott,

Since I had some time to kill, here is something for you.

Just point the Url for your meter image tag to do this and it should work.

April 13, 2007 8:50
My father was diabetic.

One of my sisters has been taking care of herself since she was a child.

The brother of one of my best childhood friends died while waiting for a liver/pancreas from his complications. He was only 39.

We are happy to help and thanks for all you put into this so there is more knowledge and less heartache.

April 13, 2007 23:15
Diabetics cured by stem-cell treatment
Times Online:
Diabetics using stem-cell therapy have been able to stop taking insulin injections for the first time, after their bodies started to produce the hormone naturally again.
April 14, 2007 10:09
Thanks for the invitation, Scott. I will be stepping out with Team Hanselman. Blogged.
April 25, 2007 5:35
Mr Hanselman,

Years ago when I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I was turned on to a program you wrote called GlucoPilot which was a godsend to me. Unfortunately I have lost the registration code and HealtheTech the company that owned it I guess, is out of business. If I can beg you from my heart, I will donate whatever it takes to the your diabetes cause. GlucoPilot was critical to my diabetes management and nothing out there is as simple and intuitive. Please.

George Torres Jr
April 30, 2007 22:36
Good luck with your quest. I already am participating through 2 other teams (one through ADA and another through JDRF). Unfortunately how you describe type 1 is spot on. My 2nd cousin was diagnosed at 2 years old and the amount of havoc it puts on a typical family is significant. His mom spends lots of time fighting school administrators because they don't have nurses on staff and teachers don't want to be responsible if something happens to my cousin. We gotta cure this thing.
May 02, 2007 22:21
Like I was drinking four 2-liter bottles of Sprite a day and was still thirsty beyond belief.

Dude! 8 Liters of Sprite per day! No doubt you understand that is excessive. If only we understood what such high levels of sugar can do to the body. My father was diagnosed with diabetes but with careful diet and daily exercise he has his blood sugar under control and with any luck he can stay off insulin. I hope you are able to someday get off that regimen of injections and pumps.
May 04, 2007 11:37
After my mum was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes my eyes were opened to a big problem out there. I found your blog and podcast about the whole thing really useful too - which my non tech super critical brother found useful too. I have done my part (however small) ... fight the fight man.

First time caller, long time listener,

May 11, 2007 5:06
Mr. Hanselman,

A couple of weeks ago we had some communications back and forth where you said you would try to recreate or get an access code for me to use the GlucoPilot program. I'm going to gues you must be swamped with work, or have otherwise been unable to break the new style encryption. My most recent GlucoPilot demo has now phased out again. In any case thank you for all the past enjoyement you have given us manging our diabetes. When the walk starts here I'll be stepping out also.

George Torres
May 18, 2007 7:46
Scott, I'm in Italy, and the father of my wife has diabetes as well...
Is the fund raising International or only for US associations?
May 22, 2007 16:45
In case you don't get the ping back here's my contribution

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