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.
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.
My journey will this disease started almost a year ago. On October 1st, my mom let me stay home from school because I wasn't feeling well. My mom called me from work and I told her my throat really hurt. She thought I had strep since it was going around at my school. When my mom came home from work I was feeling better and the plan was to call the dr the next morning to make an appointment. Well, that night I couldn't get enough to drink. I was so thirsty that I stayed awake drinking all the liquids in my house! I woke up my mom and she could tell I needed to get to the doctor! I was throwing up and breathing weird. So, my dad drove me to the hospital to get an IV. I walked in and they immediately put me in an office dek chair and pushed me to a room since they couldn't find a wheelchair. They then told my dad that I was a type 1 diabetic. My blood sugar was over 600 and I was on the verge of a diabetic coma. I had lost over 30 lbs in less than a week. As soon as they stabalized me, they moved me from the ER to the ICU. I don't even remember the first day in the hospital since I slept the entire day. The next day the doctors and nurses helped me to learn about this disease and how to manage diabetes. My family and the care team at Banner Children's were amazed on how quickly I learned how to check my blood sugar, count carbs and give myself shots! I was able to leave after 3 days and was back in school on Monday!
Since being diagnosed I have learned to manage my diabetes. I started using an insulin pump in January which has made life easier. I have to remember to check my blood sugar before I eat (or if I feel low/high), count carbs for the food I eat and input carbs into pump so it will give me correct amount of insulin to keep my blood sugar in control. I told my parents that if it had to happen to someone, I am glad it was me so that my brother, sister and cousins won't have to poke their fingers or take shots since they hate needles.
I walk so that I can raise money to help find a cure for this disease so that kids can be kids and not have to worry about having to take insulin just to live.
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.
Thank you for your support!
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Ms. Cheryl Lynn Crame
The LeBlanc Family