Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes again, as I have each year for the past 8 years, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million for research.
I was diagnosed early, at about 3 years old, so I really don't have memories of "before Diabetes". This is just how life has always been.
The National Institute of Health defines Type 1 Diabetes as a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
My earliest memories are of testing my sugar with test tubes and acetone tablets. That and going up to Mom or Dad for a shot a couple of times a day. Testing has changed a lot, from urine testing with eye droppers and test tubes to strips dipped in urine to finger sticks with blood test strips, which I use today. They even had one that uses a tube under the skin now that measures blood sugar every five minutes! It's called a CGM and I am on track to have one around the end of the year.
Insulin shots have changed a lot as well. I know people who used to file down their needles periodically as they were used and boiled and re-used again. I was diagnosed in the time of disposables but the needles were a bit thicker then. Now they have thin, shorter needles, Pen kits that look like magic markers, and Insulin pumps, which is what I use now. I have my very own disposable pancreas - well not really - but it's closer!
When you have a disease that can be life threatening, every now and then you have to sit down and take a look at your life. This year is no exception. I'm in a high stress job with extra hours, and juggling that with a class and music, and trying to contribute to my family life. Something needs to give, and it has been my health and happiness this year. This will change by the day of this Walk. I am taking charge again!
My team is small but strong this year, and I hope to grow it before the Walk. Will you join me? Let me know!
JDRF has changed too - last year they changed to more on the adult side of Diabletes than they have in the past. This is partly because the many advances they have helped to introduce are helping us to live well into adulthood.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers like you and me, connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.
More than 80 percent of your donation goes directly to Research and Research related Education.
With your help we CAN beat this disease. The cure is in our future! JDRF has helped the research into a cure for this disease advance to the point that there are real cures and vaccines being tested!
Thank you for any help you can give! My help this year is to do this Walk and to try to educate those I come in contact with about Diabetes and recent advances.
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