My name is Rachael Stickles and I've been a diabetic for 8 years.
Being diagnosed as a diabetic changed my entire life and still continues to affect me on a day to day basis. Diabetes is an autoimmunte disease and and invisible illness. Even though I have been a diabetic for quite some time now, sometimes it is still challenging and dealing with this disease. It comes with constant worries, aches, pains, and a tremendous amount of stress. On a day to day basis I check my sugar at least 4 times a day, count carbohydrates, and take insulin.
I am now on an insulin pump that I apply to my abdomen every 3 days, that delivers insulin 24/7. Though this has made my life a lot easier, it is not a cure. Type 1 Diabetes does not have a cure, insulin is only a temporary solution.
Type 1 Diabetes is a very serious disease that requires a tremendous amount of care. During my freshmen year of highschool I was hospitalized with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. I don't think I realized the seriousness of my disease until then. I was rushed to the emergency room and then sent to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego by ambulance the same night. I can hardly remember most of the week, but what I did remember has stuck with me since. I will never forget the feeling of not being able to breath, and gasping for breath. Or seeing my loved ones so worried and frantic. I remember hospital workers asking my mom if she wanted them to bring in a Chaplin and wondering when I was going to be able to go back to school.
I will never forgot that week of my life. It inspired me to take control of my disease. I may have diabetes, but it doesn't have me, and I believe that one day there will be a cure.
Many people with Type 1 Diabetes, including myself, are hoping to see a cure in their future. This is why it is so important to me that we raise awareness and funding for Type 1 Diabetes; to create funding for research that will get us one step closer to a cure.
Please let me know if you would like to come walk with us this year at JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes on Nov. 9th at Balboa Park.
If you would like to support us but can't make it to the walk, any donations you could make would be greatly appreciated and are going towards a wonderful cause.
I would like to thank my support system of wonderful friends and family who have been by my side through this entire journeys, and through it's ups and downs. I would not be here without you.
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