It's been a little more than a year since our fateful day when Collette was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I still remember the anguish of grief in my heart as the doctor delivered the news to us. I remember feeling so weak I could barely stand as we walked into our home. I remember my husband and I crying on the couch together while Collette was trying to console us so innocently.
Devastated… Shattered… The pain and despair seemed too much for anyone to bear.
For the past 15 months, we have learned to live with Collette’s type 1 diabetes, but it hasn’t been easy. Although she may not look any different from other healthy kids, she needs constant attention throughout the day and night. Everyday Collette needs at least a dozen finger pricks to monitor her blood sugars. She has to have the insulin continuously infused through her pump to stay alive. I get up twice every night to make sure her blood sugar level isn’t too low lest she may not wake up in the morning.
Through our ordeal, we are constantly reminded that she will miss out on so many things that other normal kids would take for granted. She won’t be able to have a sleepover until she could monitor her own blood sugars at night. She will have to stop whatever she was doing numerous times throughout the day to check her blood sugar. She will have to live with the perpetual fear of blindness, kidney failure, heart disease or amputation. And worst of all, there is no cure for this deadly disease.
We humbly come to you to help us to conquer this disease once and for all. On November 3, our family is taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise money to fulfill this important mission. The funds we raise will go towards research to find a cure, better treatments and prevention. And rest assured that more than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. For many decades, their tireless efforts have helped the millions with type 1 diabetes to significantly improve their lives, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of this disease. With your help and support, I believe the end of this difficult journey is not too far ahead.
Collette has been a brave little soul through this hardship, and we are confident that she will grow up to have a rich, energetic and productive life. We ask you to join us in helping Collette fulfill her dreams. In doing so, you have our never-ending gratitude knowing she won’t be fighting this disease alone.
Susan and Bill
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