Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away. There is no cure.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
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I almost lost my battle against this horrible disease before it even began. A little over 4 years ago, at age 10, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes with a blood sugar of 1285 (normal is 100-120). It's a day I can hardly remember, but will never forget. On a daily basis I endure things that no one can understand except fellow type ones. I prick my fingers anywhere between 10-15 times a day, have to count ever carb that goes in my body, insert 3 inch needles in me for my insulin pump every few days, calculate insulin ratios, constantly battle the ups and downs, and the list goes on and on. Basically, the disease affects me every second of every day. There is no break or time off. It's a continuous battle that is 24-7. Without tight control and insulin I DIE! Although all of this is hard and has taken away my childhood, I handle it and own my disease. The hardest part for me is the lack of education about the disease.
That lack of knowledge is what drives me and pushes me to change this disease. People have no idea that type 1 is one of the hardest diseases to face and endure. People don't know that this disease affects everything I do and in turn everything I do affects my disease. I can not even exercise without constantly worrying about my disease. A year ago, I started competitive road cycling. Cycling is the hardest sport there is. Cyclist must push themselves and endure suffering on a daily basis. I found cycling challenging and extremely difficult at first especially to keep my disease under control. But I didn't give up because through my cycling I am able to educate about my disease and change the face of diabetes. I push harder and harder despite those people who tell me I can't. Those who tell me I can't or will never be able to reach my ultimate goal of pro racing are what drive me to climb one more hill and go another mile. Because you see I was chosen to have type 1. I was chosen to change this disease. I am meant to prove that what some think is impossible-really isn't. Yes, there are days my diabetes wins and I may be going really slow on my bike, but the fact that I am going at all is a win for me. I will never stop pedaling because this is what I am meant to do-change the face of diabetes. Please donate to help me raise awareness and join others in the JDRF ride to cure type 1 diabetes around Lake Tahoe. JDRF is one of my biggest hopes in making my life better and hopefully finding a cure someday. If you cannot donate you can still help. Share my story with everyone you know because with education comes change.
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Mr. Austin T. Dixon
Total Life Care EMS