Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
I'm Lauren, team captain of the Welcome To My Pancreas team, and I was personally diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 11, and I am currently 20 years old. According to JDRF Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure. Personally, it is an everyday constant struggle living with type 1 diabetes. Having to constantly watch what I eat, monitor my carb intake, monitor blood sugars through my glucose meter, and taking medication in order to keep myself alive and healthy. When I was diagnosed it took myself and my family for a world wind of change. Never in a million years did myself or anyone in my family think that we would have to face a challenge like this. My family and I had to spend three days in the hospital learning all about the disease and how our lives were gonna change. Having to take several insulin shots a day and learning a whole new healthy lifestyle of a new diet and exercise routine. We all had to changed our worlds and outlook on life in order to face this challenge. After a few years I was lucky enough to be able to receive an insulin pump, which is a very helpful tool. Although the insulin pump helps with taking my medication. I am still having to constantly monitor my blood sugar, take medication, and keep my healthy lifestyle to avoid any future health complications and keep my blood sugar at healthy levels. This is why I am doing the walk. I believe that no one should have to go through what my family and I had to. I also don't think anyone deserves to have to live with this disease. With the help of your donations or participation I hope to raise enough money to help find a cure for Diabetes one day.
Thank you for your time and support!
I hope to see you out there on walk day!!
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Mr. Ryan Rowland