As most of you know, our family was profoundly affected by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when our daughter, Jessie, was diagnosed just two weeks after her 5th birthday. Jess is now 7 1/2 and the last couple of years have presented us with lots of challenges. Yet, we feel so fortunate to have the kindness and support from all of you to help get us through. We are also continually amazed at the strength, courage, and spirit of our little girl!
Jessie got her purple insulin pump just 10 months after her diagnoses. The pump has made Jessie's day-to-day life easier, allowing her more freedom for birthday parties and holiday treats. The pump also helps us control her diabetes a little bit better. Now she doesn't have to get 4+ shots each day, but gets one every 2 days when we move the pump site. Jessie does her own blood sugar checks, even when it's sometimes 15 per day!
In the past year, our family has celebrated some positives with life with diabetes. Last October, we attended Diabetes Family Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Jessie was amazed to meet lots of friends her age with diabetes. One evening, she said, "It's not like at school, where I feel like I'm the only one". As parents, we attended classes and got to interact with other families. We are planning to attend this year as well. In April of this year, Gill came into our lives. Gill is a is a happy, mellow 75-pound yellow lab who is a trained diabetic alert dog. After waiting over a year, we were selected to adopt Gill through an amazing non-profit organization called Early Alert Canines (www.earlyalertcanines.org
). When Jessie's blood sugar is running low or high, he alerts with a paw. He has caught several very serious lows before they became a problem.
Gill is "her" dog and she is very proud of him. This year Jessie decided to name her team "Team Jessie and Gill":}
There is so much research going on with TID right now, most of it involving human trials. The next advances in diabetes treatment are very close, which will greatly improve the quality of life for diabetics. Many researchers are hard at work and belive there may be a cure, which we hope Jessie will see in her lifetime. JDRF is the the largest source of funding for diabetes research in the world. Your donations really do help make a difference.
We want to thank all of our family and friends for your continued support! And we invite everyone to join "Team Jessie and Gill" in Sacramento on Sunday Oct. 6th for the JDRF diabetes walk.
Thank you! Jessie, Bobbie and Shawn Davison