Thanks for coming to my Team page. My name is Bruce Johnson and I have Type 1 Diabetes. I am now 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. As many of you know I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when I was 6, and my life has been a lot different ever since. I am really lucky as I have great people helping me and I am learning how to take care of my diabetes. I get better at it all the time. Last November I began insulin pump therapy to treat my diabetes. The good thing is I don't have to get all of the shots each day as before, the bad thing is I still have diabetes. Until there is a cure, myself and a lot of kids just like me will have to be connected to an insulin pump or get shots several times a day so they can be alive an healthy. We have to take insulin several times a day because our bodies don't make it. Did you know that type I diabetes is an auto immune disease? Me neither, until I was diagnosed and it took me awhile to even understand what that is. I didn't get diabetes because of something I did or did not do, or something my Mom or Dad did or did not do for me. My body decided to fight itself and killed the cells in me that make insulin. I didn't get to choose.
So that is why I am working to raise money for a cure for Type I diabetes. I want to help all the smart scientist work at developing a cure and making advancements in treatment so I can continue to do all the things I enjoy and be healthy and active. I like to play baseball, basketball, rollerblade and run track. I enjoy Karate and competing in tournaments. I have competed in 4 tournaments this year. I also like to ride my bike and go camping and fishing with my friends and family. I am a Bear in my school's Cub Scout pack. I snowboard too!
I will have Type 1 Diabetes for my whole life unless there is a cure. I am not going to get well from it. I believe that a cure for diabetes is close and could happen while I am alive. I would like to one day not have to think about my blood sugar, or diabetes. Right now, I can never get away from it, never stop thinking about it.
I would like it if you could come and walk with me and the rest of Team Dragon on Saturday the 14th of September 2013 in Colorado Springs, CO at America the Beautiful park. If you can't walk with me that day and can support the walk you can be a virtual walker.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your support.
Bruce Johnson, Jr.
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