Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting our website and for taking a moment to read my very first blog post for Greater Than! I'm so excited to show all of you our products and explain the passion and purpose behind them. It's been quite the journey and I'm extremely curious to see where our destination ends up! And oh yeah, by the way, I'm Jennifer (most call me Jenn)!
I'm a wife and a mother to 3 amazing little blessings. This particular journey begins with my oldest son Hayden being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, right before his 6th birthday. Our entire lives were flipped upside down. This disease needs constant monitoring 24/7 for the rest of your life. When something happens to your child ALL you want to do is to make them better, take away their sickness. Type 1 diabetes has no cure and will always be with him. It's a hard thing to accept. I'll save all the details of what living with the disease is actually like for another blog post but a thing we hope and pray for is that a cure will be discovered and that our little boy will be able to eat without counting every single carb, pricking his finger and also injecting insulin. To sleep through the night without worrying of not waking up. To be the carefree wild child that he was before this diagnosis.
I felt compelled to be a part of the fight to find a cure, to raise awareness and to support Hayden in any way I could. We wanted to create an apparel line that would do all of those things. The the idea came to me one day while doing laundry, and when you have 3 kids and a husband, you're ALWAYS doing laundry lol. There's a popular phrase and symbol in the type one world, I am greater than my highs and lows I >^v . It hit me, Greater Than! And even greater than that, (see what I did there) we could also directly address Type 1 by creating Greater Than 1. BOOM! I think I actually said that after telling the name to my husband haha.
Everyone faces challenges and we all need to know that we are Greater Than them. The Greater Than brand is for anyone and everyone. I've personally struggled with anxiety for pretty much my entire life but I need to remember that I am Greater Than it. Sickness, depression, life's curveballs..we are all Greater Than them. Be healthier. Run faster Go farther. Be greater than you were yesterday!
Greater Than 1 is for my son and others who suffer with the exhausting and relentless battle of Type 1 diabetes. It's also for it's supporters! I don't have it but you best believe that I will be rockin that Greater Than 1 gear! You ever heard of a soccer mom? Well, meet a type one diabetes mom and you'll see we're the biggest supporters! Type One does not define who my son is and I want him to know he is Greater Than it.
A percentage of all profit will go directly to Type 1 Diabetes research and they are really on the brink of some exciting breakthroughs and treatments! While we've started with hats, we have a full line that will be coming soon. I hope that you love our products and support the mission behind it.
We are all Greater Than but together we are Greater Than One!