My name is Tallia Annese, and I am the inspiration behind Tallygear.
I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes in 2007 when I was seven years old.
It was new to my family and me, we were just trying to figure it all out. We were thrown into an everyday schedule of testing my blood glucose levels many times a day with multiple insulin injections. After about a year of daily injections and well controlled BG numbers, I was approved to get an insulin pump. However, after getting my pump my mum realized I needed a better way to carry it. She designed and created the Tummietote belt for me, which I still wear, 24/7, almost 11 years later! I am now 20 years old and a college sophmore studying biology to become a research scientist.
We have since branched out in to many more products geared toward Type One Diabetes.
Thank you for your continued support of Tallygear
In 2007, our daughter Tally (a.k.a. tallygear) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes (Type 1). Within 1 year she was using an insulin pump 24 hours a day. Tally is a very active child and the standard packs she used weren't right for her. Within a month, we realized we needed to design something that worked better for her lifestyle.
After many many months, and many yards of fabric and hundreds of belts tallygear was born in November 2008. Although the Tallygear Tummietote belt was designed specifically for the comfortable storage of an insulin pump, we quickly realized the belt can be used for so much more. In fact, an insulin pump is the exact same size as a cellphone or many hand held devices.
Tally now carries her insulin pump, Dexcom Mobile CGM andd cellphone and usually starbursts, skittles or granola bar with her at all times - the Tummietote belt has 3 pockets.
Our wish to you or your child is to make wearing an insulin pump, Dexcom CGM or any other personal item more comfortable and secure. We began with the the idea to create a product to make wearing an insulin pump more comfortable every single day. We think we've done that. We hope you enjoy the same freedom and peace of mind that we have.
Donna, Tally & Matthew Annese
The Best to you and your families,
Matthew, Donna & Tally Annese