I would like to introduce myself, my name is Joshua Katz, an I have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes since September of this past year. The adventure thus far has been a struggle, however I have been able to find ways to fight and cope with this disease. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, ever since I was a mire child my goal in life was to give back and provide aid in one way or another to the community. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sustainability. I feel that if I can assist our country in becoming environmentally sane, then I know I am supporting a cause to promote a better and brighter future.
You may be thinking, how does this relate to the topic of Diabetes? For me, I was diagnosed with this auto-immune disease in September of 2012. I had recently graduated out of college, and I was working in New York City. My day consisted of working from 9-6, Monday through Friday. I started seeing and feeling symptoms upon traveling to work. At first, I started to notice that walking, would cause very serious leg cramps that would never go away. I would get out of bed to stretch, and these cramps would catch me by surprise. Unfortunately these cramps would show up unexpectedly. So at that time I ignored the pain and kept on going through my day. The next symptom that I noticed, was my hands were very dry. Moisturizer would not even help My impatience with my body started to build. I would come home from work, and consume huge quantities of ice tea, water. Anything that would hydrate me. However, my thirst was never quenched.
I know this is a long line of symptoms, however I was still fighting my body in hopes of getting better Joking around with my mom saying that you might be diabetic, was not helping as well.
Fighting is constant with this disease, and a fighter is what I have become. Even with the pain inside, I still motivated myself, but it was only the next three points of view that told me to get some help. One, was going to a going away party in Morristown, NJ. My body was so exhausted, I could not managed to gain strength to drive to my friend’s house. After the party, I felt as if I was hit by two tractor-trailers.
The second, and last straw was going to the beach with my aunt and my cousin. At this time, I lost 20lbs, and I looked ghostly. When I went to eat lunch, part of my conversation with my cousin was saying how gaunt I looked and how I should do something about it. I was in pain, and it was starting to frighten me. I will never forget that moment.
Labor day was the following week, and I was sick and tired of not feeling well. So, I decided to go to the doctor, luckily I was home with my parent's so I did not have to do this alone. I was so emotional at the time, because when I went to a doctor, the office was right next-door to the hospital. "I don't want to end up in their", is what I kept saying over and over.
In the doctor's, I told them my symptoms and they decided to check my blood sugar. At that moment I knew something was wrong. The doctor left the room, and came back saying my blood sugar was 420, and I was classified as Type 1 Diabetic. Immediately I was checked into the hospital, I was so emotionally shocked that my mother and I broke down crying, saying: How could this happen, I eat very healthy, and I go to the gym everyday.
Nothing scared me more than being in the hospital for 5 days with tubes in my arms and doctors telling me to inject insulin into my body. More information was given to me by the nurse that my blood sugar was 620, and my A1HC count (Blood Sugar levels for 3 months), was 15, whereas the normal would be 5.
Why me, why me....., and that is where I went into a couple months of depression, and anger at myself and my parent's. I did not want people to pity me. It was a horrible phase, and I felt that my life was taking down-ward spiral. However, with the help of my endocrinologist, I took the first step in getting better. Which was eating healthier (which I was already doing), and making sure I check my blood sugar everyday.
I am thankful for my family for sticking by me through all the tough and depressed moments I had. As well as my friends, who I have come to recognize that they are a caring bunch knowing, and seeing that I have become stronger and a more outgoing person with this disease. Without these people in my life, I don't think I would of became a fighter or a stronger person inside.
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.
I understand that each and every person has a story as to how they were diagnosed, or how they are able to cope with this disease, however JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
November 2, 2013
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