On October 6 our family will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. This cause is very important to us. As you may know, A.J was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002 when he was in the second grade. It was a very overwhelming time for us but we managed and here he is now 18 years old and he has been living with diabetes for 11 years. He has never let it get in his way - over the years he played baseball and soccer as well earned his 2nd degree black belt. He has also excelled in school, earning an Academic Merit Award his junior and senior years in HS, as well as working 30 hours a week. He just started college at Chico State and is now managing on his own.
We have been participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the past several years. In 2008 right after the walk, Amanda, who was 10 years old, was diagnosed with diabetes. Even though we knew what we were dealing with this time around, it was still very scary. Amanda has taken a cue from A.J. and not let it slow her down - she is in her second year of high school, taking honors and AP courses. Up until last year she played soccer competitively nearly year round and has also earned her 2nd degree black belt working towards her 3rd degree.
A few short months after Amanda was diagnosed we discovered the unbelievable - Tony, who had just turned 16 also had Type 1. We were shocked but at least we knew how to handle it. And Tony has handled it just as well as A.J. and Amanda. He has finished two years at Sierra college, will have his AA at the end of the Fall semester and hopes to transfer to San Diego State.
There is no cure for diabetes at this time. Yes, the kids are able to go on with their lives and activities and they have been very successful. Overall they are incredibly healthy - but they have diabetes and it isn't going away. They have to test their blood sugar 4+ times a day, they have to watch what they eat and count their carbs, dose themselves with insulin, and chart their blood sugar numbers. But why should they have to - wouldn't it be great if we could find a cure?
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Please consider supporting our team by making a donation - or better yet, join us in the walk and help us raise even more money.
Together, we can make the cure a reality!
Tony, A.J. and Amanda
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