Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I, along with family & friends, will be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach.
My name is Heather and I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on August 11, 2010. It has been an extremely difficult & emotionally challenging time for our family. I have to check my blood sugar, by pricking my finger, several times a day. I also take insulin shots 4 or more times a day. My parents write down, weigh and measure everything that I eat, at every meal or snack, in order to calculate the amount of insulin I need. They even get up several times in the middle of the night to check my blood sugar, because if I go too low, I could have a seizure and possibly go into a coma! Every day is a constant battle with low & high blood sugars.
School can also be very challenging for me. I visit the nurse before any physical activity (physical activity can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar). I also go to the clinic before lunch to check my blood sugar and after lunch so I can get my insulin shot for the food I ate, and any other time I feel dizzy, shaky or like my blood sugar is dropping. I miss a lot of school work and fun times, too because it seems like I am always in the clinic! :( Low and high blood sugars also affect my concentration when taking tests. Luckily, we have what is called a 504 plan, which is an agreement with the school, myself and my parents, that allows me extra time if needed, to take tests and any other accomodations I need to help keep me safe, healthy and happy at school.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes facts:
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age.
T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night.
Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day.
Those living with T1D must take insulin through multiple injections a day, or through an insulin pump attached to their body.
Children will not "outgrow" T1D.
Insulin is not a cure.
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. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?