Hello to all my Family & Friends!
It's Walk time again! This year, when I walk with my team, Popoff’s Pirates, at UC Irvine on Sunday, November 3rd, it will be our 11th year participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes! Thanks to the enduring support of so many wonderful family members & friends like you, we have raised $121,712.00 for diabetes research in our first 10 years as a Walk team! Every year, we get closer to a cure which is why I continue to Walk & ask for your support.
This year, someone very special came into my life who, like me, lives with type 1 diabetes. Getting to know him and hearing about his experiences over the last 12 years since his diagnosis and witnessing & experiencing his daily ups and downs and struggles with T1D has given me a new perspective & renewed inspiration. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be diagnosed in your 30s when you’re already set in your ways and it’s harder to make big lifestyle changes – and not only that, but to be mis-diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic at first so you’re not even getting the proper care, treatment or education for the first year. While I know & care about so many kids, families and adults living with T1D through all my time with JDRF who are a constant source of inspiration to me, I've learned that when you love someone with T1D, the desire for a cure is more intense than ever. I want to see an end to his frustrating, unexplainable highs, his scary lows, calloused fingers, the endless extra supplies and gadgets he has to carry and wear around, the never-ending thoughts & computations about food and insulin to carb ratios and his constant battle to keep his blood sugar “in the zone” for even a few hours. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to want a cure more than I already did, but I was wrong, because now I do.
I never imagined having someone in my life who shares T1D with me…taking turns poking our fingers, comparing our continuous glucose monitor graphs, discussing the carb content of anything we ingest. It’s kinda cool because he actually gets it in a way no one else close to me actually ever could since they don’t live with T1D every day. But, at the same time, there’s nothing I want more than to take his T1D away from himand remove that heavy burden – to have a meal where we’re not pulling out finger pokers, needles, vials and pumps and to have a good night’s sleep, unworried about the possibility of low blood sugar in the middle of the night.
Now more than ever, I want to do everything I can to help JDRF find a cure for type 1 diabetes. JDRF funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and is making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure. As always, over 80% of every single dollar you donate goes directly towards diabetes research, so you can rest assured your money will be well spent! Any donation you can contribute will make a HUGE difference! $5, $25, $100 or more...it all counts and will be SO appreciated! Please feel free to share this link/info with all of your friends as well & come join us at UCI for the Walk on November 3rd...the more awareness we can raise about type 1 diabetes and the need for a cure, the sooner we will reach our goal of finding the cure!
Thank you so much for your continued love and support!!!
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