The William Sansum Diabetes Center (WSDC) is THRILLED to announce one of its most exciting projects yet!! Jeanie Seashore is a Santa Barbara local who has been living with type 1 diabetes for twenty years and regularly participated in our research trials at WSDC. She is determined to make diabetes work for her instead of against her and has achieved this by using funds from research study involvement to complete impressive physical feats across the globe. These include hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, completing the 562-mile AIDS bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and twice hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim in a day! She has completed these accomplishments all while successfully managing her type 1 diabetes.
A few months ago, Jeanie told us about her next challenge of completing Spain’s world famous 500-mile Camino de Santiago this summer. “Let us get this straight” we said, “you are proposing that a single 59 year old grandmother hike up to twenty miles a day in a land where she doesn’t speak the language, all while managing insulin treated diabetes that puts her at daily risk of hypoglycemia or other complications.” She smiled at us, “Yes.” After talking with Jeanie, we were completely on board. There are no limits; this is Jeanie’s message, and this is what the Center is working to make a reality for anyone with type 1 diabetes.
We learned about Jeanie’s latest trip as we are in the middle of groundbreaking research to allow more people with type 1 diabetes to safely travel across the globe. These efforts are going live now through the launch of www.DiabetesTravel.org, which includes tools to assist in insulin dose adjustments when crossing time zones, resources for trip planning, and a streamlined platform for experience sharing and tips. At the same time, the Center is conducting new studies to better understand the effects of exercise on diabetes management. When we met Jeanie, we knew it was a perfect match!