Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. 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 only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
My personal journey with Type 1 Diabetes starting in March 2013 when our then 9 year old daughter, Angelina, got sick. She had a terrible cold that just seemed to get worse instead of better. Angelina also has asthma and this often happens with colds, which also sometimes results in her getting pneumonia. But this time was different. This time she was using the restroom every 15-20 minutes, was complaining about her eyesight being blurry and insisting that I needed to take her to the eye doctor. She also was drinking a TON! I thought maybe she was dehydrated from being sick, which would explain her drinking more, and her drinking more would explain her using the restroom more - but even that seemed like a stretch.
So, I did what any other parent would do - I consulted the internet. WebMD informed me that she had a cold, was dehydrated, possibly a urinary tract infection, or type 1 diabetes. Like many people who are unfamiliar with T1D I thought that only people who had a family history could get it so I convinced myself that it wasn't diabetes because that just seemed too far out of the realm of possibility. And let's face it, WebMD tends to be a bit of a drama queen and almost always suggests some life-threatening illness when really it's just a sniffle.
And then her "cold" took a turn for the worse and she ASKED to go to the dr. Angelina has a lot of medical issues like asthma, allergies, eczema and she tends to get sick a lot so we are very familiar with the inside of her dr's office and she is not a huge fan. So for her to ask to go to the dr when I wasn't sure if she should go or not meant that she really wasn't feeling well.
This was just the beginning of our journey. As it turned out, she did have type 1 diabetes AND pneumonia. She spent 4 days in the hospital, 3 of them in the pediatric ICU trying to get her blood sugar levels stable. We spent those few days getting a crash course in diabetes care, how to do finger sticks, shots, how to count carbs for her food so we knew how much insulin to give her. Our whole life was turned upside down.
Angelina is 6 months into her journey with Type 1 Diabetes and we have accepted our "new normal". I would one day like to say that she USED TO have diabetes. We have learned, and are learning, to adapt every single day, but it's still difficult. What used to be simple is now very complex and even just running out for quick errands requres a lot more planning and gear that must be toted along, just in case.
Please help find a cure by sponsoring our team for this walk. So one day Angelina can tell her grandkids that she USED TO HAVE Type 1 Diabetes and they will never have to worry about if they too will have it.
If you'd like to read more about our story you can visit my blog at chasinglows.wordpress.com
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
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