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Month: January 2014

2014 Team Bret Michaels and Life Rocks Foundation Campaigns

2014 Team Bret Michaels and Life Rocks Foundation Campaigns

Starting in Spring 2014 we will be launching a series of campaigns to raise awareness for a variety of causes.

We’ll start by introducing our new ambassador of awareness. Stay tuned for updates and information right here at TeamBretMichaels.com and BretMichaels.com.

We will continue to share stories of hope, inspiration and more as well. Be sure to submit your story here –> Share Your Story  (This link will also allow you to share your meet and greet photos, say hello or submit your RoadDogNation.com stories as well.)

TeambretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Gage’s New Friend

TeambretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Gage’s New Friend

My son Gage has dealt with health challenges all his life. His first stay in the hospital was at 9 month old. He been hospitalized about twice a year up until he was 7 years old. Finally we got answers why Gage would become so sick. He was diagnosed with Adrenal Hyperplasia. His body does not produce enough of the stress hormone cortisol. He now takes hydrocortisone to make up for what his body does not make. We were so excited when we made it just over a year without him being hospitalized.

On November 30th 2010, Gage became very sick and it came on quickly. He had complained of stomach pain and it was followed by vomiting. Within 3 hours Gage became very weak, pale and lifeless. I knew from the way he looked and the sound of his breathing this was different than the times before when he became so sick. He was taken by ambulance to the ER. Within 20 minutes we were told Gage was in DKA and he was Type 1 Diabetic. The doctor looked me in the eye and said “if he did not come by ambulance he would have been in a coma or might not have made it.”

Fast forward three years later Gage is a strong boy beating 2 major illnesses. He has never let it stop him. He plays baseball and loves to run. He has spoken in front of colleges students, high schools, the Rotary,live radio and has even been on the local news twice spreading awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. He is a Junior Ambassador for the JDRF. He brings Backpacks of Hope to newly diagnosed T1D children.

Gage has dream of someday getting a Diabetic Alert Dog to help him be more independent. He even wrote a book and has published it called “Gage’s New Friend”. The money raised will help make his dream come true. You can help support Gage by purchasing a copy of “Gage’s New Friend” on Amazon.com and LIKE Gage’s New Friend on Facebook.

So proud of my son for living life to the fullest.

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Kylie’s Battle Against Diabetes

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Kylie’s Battle Against Diabetes

Kylie is an amazing three year old. When Kylie was two she was diagnosed with a incurable disease. This disease is life altering, and has made her dependent on medications for the rest of life. Kylie can not sense when she is feeling gross from the sickness because she is so young and still does not understand how to express everything she is feeling. Kylie has Type 1 Diabetes. It is a terrifying disease and is extremely hard to predict. At any moment Kylie’s sugars can plummet sending her into a Diabetic coma, or they can skyrocket sending her to the hospital for hyperlycemia. 1 in 20 people with type 1 Diabetes dies in their sleep from not feeling their sugars dropping to low. This is why we fight for Kylie. We fight to raise awareness, we fight for a cure, we fight to raise funds for a Diabetes Alert Dog for her. She brings joy and happiness to everyone that meets her. She is extremely intelligent and speaks like a 20 year old adult. She is very giving, and kind. Kylie deserves a chance to live the fullest life she possibly can. If anyone has the means and would like to, please donate at:

http://www.gofundme.com/4o5gyg

and follow Kylie’s story at:

kyliesdiabeticalertdog.wordpress.com/

Ashley

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Nicole Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stand In The Way Of Her Dreams

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Nicole Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stand In The Way Of Her Dreams

I am the mother of a T1 diabetic daughter. Her name is Nicole and she was diagnosed at the age of 6. She is 19 years old now. Nicole had just started swimming competitively when she was diagnosed. Back then, kids were put on injections twice a day, and that’s what we did with Nicole. We kept her swimming everyday on her team. It was difficult. Her coach didn’t want to learn anything about diabetes because “his mother in law had T2, and she managed it just fine. If Nicole didn’t get her numbers right she would be dead by 30” Yes, he told her that! She still holds the records for 8 and unders in the 25 and 50 yard free styles. She now swims Division 1 for Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. She is on a academic and athletic scholarship. She has had a rough 2 years. She tore some cartilage in her knee and needed surgery. She then had appendicitis during her Senior State swim meet and had surgery again. She got back in the water and pulled her hip flexor. She started swimming her freshman year in college and hurt her shoulder due to overuse. It was also the first time she was dealing with her diabetes on her own. Her pump broke one day and she had to deal with Lantus insulin, and the fact that her parent’s sent the insulin with her, but no injection needles with it. Aghhh! So she made phone call’s to her Dr for help. Her shoulder injury lasted over a year. She is now swimming her Sophomore year, and her coaches don’t understand diabetes at all. Her team mates respect her one minute and rag on her the next for getting out with low or high blood sugars. Mind you, they swim 5-6 hours a day, lift weights and run. She is also in the Alpha Lambda Beta honor society with a 3.8 GPA. In high school Nicole was a Top 8 finisher in the State of Michigan all 4 years. She was on the honor roll as well all 4 years. She was in the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. It has been a tough 2 years with injuries and becoming an adult with T1 diabetes. She loves music and art, and our Lord Jesus Christ. It was during one of her injuries that she realized she was idolizing swimming and not God. It was a huge moment for her! I just wish there were coaches out there (people really) that understood how much it takes just to suit up and show up. She is working her way back to the elite swimmer she once was. She is getting her fight back. It has been so hard to watch her struggle, but as parent’s we know we have to pass the torch. We will always be her to support her, but she has to be her own best advocate! We have complete faith in her and the process. She would watch Bret with me on Celebrity Apprentice. He gave her encouragement just by watching him because she knew it couldn’t have been easy being on the show. Or when he has concerts or even recording. Diabetics can look at one another and “know” them immediately. I saw that in her face when she was watching. Just wanted to share that kids and adults can do whatever they want to do, even with T1 diabetes. Nicole is an example to many. But if you ask her, she would say “No, I’m just a college student who swims”. It’s all she knows.

Lisa

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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