Welcome to Darianna's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Darianna was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or T1D on August 23, 2012 at six years old. The days leading up to that day are as follows:
School started a few days ago. We celebrate birthdays. She participates in dance troupe auditions and I proudly take pictures. Soccer season is about to begin. Darianna has insatiable thirst and visits the bathroom frequently. She looks awfully thin in the audition photos I just took a few days ago. Something doesn't feel right. The nurse at the pediatrician's office takes urine sample and tests it. Comes back in the room with a worried look and asks how long she's had symptoms. Doctor comes in; sugar was found in Darianna's urine. What does that mean??? Nurse pricks Darianna's finger and checks her blood sugar, it's 600! Darianna has diabetes. What???!!! I start crying. I don't understand why she has diabetes, what did we do wrong? It wasn't our fault or Darianna's fault, nothing could have prevented it. Call my husband but I can't even talk. What???!!! he says, he starts crying. Rush Darianna to the hospital. Learn to count carbs, learn to give shots to an orange and then to Darianna, check blood sugar. Stay calm and comfort Darianna. Husband and I cry ourselves to sleep in a hospital bed next to Darianna. Why is this happening to our little girl? Feelings of anger, grieving and sadness mixed with worry and fear. Finally, after three days, the big test, we can go home and do all this on our own. Sleepless nights. "Mom, why do I have diabetes? I just want to be normal like the other kids. Why do I have to take shots every time I eat?" Feelings of anger, grieving and sadness mixed with worry and fear. I get a call, Darianna was chosen to play a special part in a ballet company production. Can she? Not sure...
Yes she can! No matter how rough the road looks ahead, nothing will stop Darianna from doing what she likes. Our biggest hope as well as any TD1 parent is that one day Darianna can say she HAD diabetes.
We'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.
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?
Thank you for your support!
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Mrs. Mayra Leon
Wayne and Kathy Longcrier