It has been two years since Samantha "Sammy" was diagnosed with Type-1 (insulin dependent) diabetes on August 1st 2011 at age 11. Her life has changed as has ours until there is a cure.
In the past two years we have been educated about the "roller coaster" of Type 1, met many wonderful families, shared stories and discussed the technologies that are out there to help "manage" this chronic auto-immune disease and pray for a cure. All of us share the same dream that our children will see the day there is a cure.
Until that day Samantha and millions of others will be forever dependent on insulin. Insulin is not a cure. Samantha's day consists usually of waking up feeling high or low and before she has one bite of breakfast she pricks her finger to test. The testing occurs 5-10x a day, before meals before and after school, before exercise, before bed. She must constantly count carbs to determine how much insulin she will need before she eats. She will inject insulin sometimes 5-7 times a day to help control her blood sugar.
After the first year of her diagnosis she was given clearance for use of an insulin pump. Over the course of time she developed an allergy to the adhesive which was suppose to keep the pump on her. There were times the pump wouldn't work and would beep. There were other times the pump would beep for no reason and she would need to change out the unit. Samantha has now become afraid to wear the pump in class for fear of it beeping and disturbing the class. She has thus gone back to giving her self shots during the school week.
We applaud our daughter for she never complains about diabetes. When her blood sugar drops, especially below 70 she gets dizzy and feels faint and when her blood sugar goes high she gets headaches and feels like fill in you own word here. She accepts the fact that she has this and moves on, she knows that this is something that neither she or her parents could have prevented. She actually prefers not to talk about it, but takes the time to do clinical research studies and to volunteer for a week at Camp Wanacura helping out with younger campers with Type 1.
Samantha will forever have to have something attached to her such as a pump or give herself shots until we find a cure. Please if you can donate generously to the JDRF Walk for a Cure under Samantha's name we would be most appreciative. We are "Team Sammy" and you are more than welcome to join our team and walk with us on Saturday Nov. 9th.
A couple quick facts on Type 1 and JDRF.
Type 1 is not preventable, it is believed to be caused by genetics and some form of environmental trigger.
Insulin is not a cure. The insulin that a Type 1 diabetic injects replaces the insulin that their broken pancreas is no longer producing.
JDRF has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top five charities for efficiency and streaming funds raised to research to find a cure.
Let's make Type 1 Type none and rid the world of this.
The Ecks Family
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