Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Someone once asked me why I'm so into helping JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). I ask in return if they have ever seen what a person, especially a young person, has to do every day just to survive. The sacrifices they have to endure, the multiple fingersticks, the illnesses, the reduced lifespan, the many, many, many doctor visits.
I tell the people asking about the times I've watched children go through the motion of pulling their meter out, sticking their finger, then either receiving a shot of insulin or, in the case of one teenager, giving themself a bolus of insulin through an insulin pump. Many of the kids treat it as if it is nothing. Merely a part of life, which it is.
At the team captain luncheon for the Walk to Cure Diabetes, I see the kids running around enjoying themselves immensely. Before eating the meal provided, they have to go through the motions mentioned above. In some cases, the dessert provided at the end is too tempting and the parents give in. Some of the kids became diabetic at around age 7-8 years old, so they remember how it was before the disease robbed them of their childhood.
Being a nurse for the past 21 years, I've seen the damage done to their bodies. It's disturbing to see a person in their 20's or 30's with heart disease, with kidney disease, with neuropathy (numbness to the hands and feet), with damage to their eyesight. It's disheartening to know they had no choice in the matter. Even if they took the greatest of care, some will have complications regardless.
It's because of these things that I started helping the JDRF people in 1997. I want to see a cure for Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. I want to see that cure in my lifetime. No, I don't have diabetes. No one in my family has diabetes. I'm simply a nurse who doesn't mind seeing one less young person tortured just because a genetic disorder changed their lives forever.
Hopefully, forever won't be "forever" because of research, and JDRF. Please, if you can, help us reach that goal by donating. Together, we can make the cure a reality.
P.S. By helping WP reach the goal of $1000.00, you get a really colorful sneaker with your name on it posted on the website, unless you wish to remain anonymous. And you get the joy of realizing you've made a difference in a child's life, a life one day hopefully free of needles.