Thank you for visiting my web page: Emily's Best Friends and Family (BFF's). Since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in February 2012, life has changed a lot. I've come a long way, starting from my days of daily shots (4-6 times a day), to using an insulin pen and now using an insulin pump to manage my diabetes. I have learned to check my blood by myself, give myself shots, maneuver my pump with supervision, and most importantly, be calm and patient when getting my pump infusion sites changed (which can be quite painful!). This year I also got to participate on a clinical study for a Dextcom Contniuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), which showed me how my blood glucose (BG) fluctuates throughout the day and night. Where someone without diabetes maintains a very constant BG of about 100 (automatically), mine actually fluctuates anywhere between the low 40's all the way up to the high 300's (or even worse on my "bad" days!)... My BG levels fluctuate tremendously, depending on what I eat, when I get my insulin and the amount of exercise and stress that I may feel. My BG levels can also fluctuate greatly if I am getting sick with a cold or flu or even if I happen to be on a growth spur! It's a constant challenge to try to keep my BG levels within the desired range of 80 to 180. To achieve that goal, I still get poked a lot keep my BG levels in check (even when I had the CGM), and sometimes this is hard and tiring, but I know this is an essential part of keeping me healthy.
We continue to do this walk to help raise money for JDRF and Diabetes research. Not only do we hope to help find a cure (of course!), but also, it's a very important way to make others aware of this disease, and hopefully help them to get diagnosed sooner rather than later. I was lucky to be diagnosed as early as I did. Doctors told me that other kids get diagnosed way too late, and this is very sad because if this disease goes untreated for a long time, it can do permanent damage to your internal organs, eye signt and even your feet. And if you don't take care of your diabetes throughout your life, you can have similar health problems when you get older. I definitely want to take good care of myself and want to help others take good care of themselves too!
This Saturday, November 9th, I hope you can join me in this JDRF walk to find the cure and raise awareness. It would be neat to be together and cheer each other along the way. But even if you can't be there with me on that day, you can make a BIG difference by making a donation here. Your support throughout our highs and lows (literally!) means a lot to my family and me. Now your financial support,-- even if a small one,-- can make the world of difference to everyone who is affected by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I am hopeful for a cure.... And with your help, we can all make this happen.
Thank you so much for your consideration and support!
Emily and Family
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Please consider donating to help in this great cause. Thank you!
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