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.
In less than a year the Barton family live' have changed! Our sons, Raymond and Gabriel, daughters, Kinna now10 and Harper now 1, have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
We went and picked up our granddaughter Kinna and grandson Owen at Bagdad, AZ to spend fall break with their grandparents, within 24 hours our granddaughter was on her way in ambulance to Phoenix Children hospital being told she had diabetic ketoacidosis. That day changed their lives forever!! Learning how to live with a child with type 1 diabetes. Grandma and granddad started learning a lot knowing that if she would be able come for visit by herself we had to know what her mom, dad and brother had learned. We had to know how take her blood sugar count, the difference in insulin long lasting and the one she had to take each time she ate. Learning how to count carbs, knowing what contained carbs what did not. Watching how sad she was when she wanted that snack but knew if she ate it would mean taking a shot. What Keaton’s were and they are bad and you drink water to get rid of them. Drinking water is so important, when she goes swimming and exercise she had to check make sure she doesn’t go low. Learn when her moods changed to check her blood sugar make sure she wasn’t going low. Watch her take her shots given by mom, dad or brother and most amazing giving them to herself. WOW so amassing what a day in life of Kinna and mom, dad and brother changed and what they have learned to accept in a short time and great job they are doing in a year.
Within 6 months we received a phone call at 10:00 pm our youngest son telling us they were on the way in ambulance to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with their youngest daughter who been diagnosed with diabetes type 1, my words how do they know she is only 7 months old, I never heard of it how can this be? I went and picked up her other grandmother and we were on our way to the hospital almost beating them there. When we walked in to the room I expected Harper to reach her arms up to me with that big smile like normal, what we saw was this little baby girl laying there so sick. When the first doctor came in he was young and I had to know if this was common this young to have this and he said this was youngest he had seen. The ICU Unit doctor was so nice to the Gabriel and Tara telling them it would be ok and he had seen them younger and what to expect in the next few days learning to live with a type one diabetic daughter and how their lives would change but it would be fine. Harper so young she would never know anything else this would be her normal. Her big sister McKenzie who was two and half would learn Harper sugar not too high or not to low it right in the middle! People don’t understand this is something that they will not out grow, their diet will not change it and it was nothing their parents did and not caused from food they were fed. Both girls were breast fed and this is what they say is best for the children. Parents are great caring parents, this is their life this is what they have to learn to live with this will be a normal day for them. Check sugar, count carbohydrates, 24 hours a day. For Harper until she gets older every 3 hours blood sugar is checked and more if they think she is getting a low. Remember they only have 10 fingers to use for the blood draw. Kinna any time she wants to eat a snack she has to take a shot! It will be ok because of their love and faith they get from their parents and family. There will be a cure some day and yes they will have a great life because of the great love and care they get from their parents.
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.
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?
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