Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
If you are getting this email it is because you know me. You more than likely know I am a Type 1 diabetic. This is also known as Juvenile Diabetes. It usually attacks children and teenagers. I was 23 years old when I was diagnosed. It was 3 months before my wedding and I began suffering the usual symptoms. (most significantly excessive thirst – like you can never imagine). I was immediately started on insulin and began my life as a diabetic.
Some of you may also know, when I was 14 years old, my younger sister, Dianne, who had been suffering with what appeared to be the flu; overnight, slipped into a diabetic coma. Unfortunately she did not wake up and passed away on October 7, 1982. She was 9 years old.
As you can imagine, when I began experiencing symptoms in 1992, I was overwhelmed with fear. The intensity with which diabetes has affected my life has been significant but it is part of who I am, and my fear went away in time with the help of some of the greatest specialists in the universe. They have dedicated their lives to teaching, treating and researching this disease.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to participate in Diabetes Research studies at Joslin Clinic in Boston. The strides clinical researchers have made since my diagnosis in 1992 have been incredible. I have seen syringes for injections changed to a dial up pen. I have also seen the dial up pen, turn into the insulin pump; which changed my life. I now have a continuous glucose monitor that alerts me if my blood sugar goes too low or too high. My blood meter wirelessly uploads my readings into a site and my doctor is able to sign into the site, read and review my readings and make adjustments to my pump settings within minutes. These are advances I have personally experienced in the past 21 years.
None of these advances would be possible without research, which requires funding. I will be taking part with my family and friends at McAlister Properties, Stuart, Florida, along with a half million others nationwide, in the JDRF 2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes on April 12, 2014. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on research for Type 1 Diabetes. I am asking you to help by supporting my fundraising efforts with a donation. Whatever you can give, large or small, is tax deductible and will make a difference in my life, and the lives of people with the disease.
It is faster and easier than ever to donate. Simply visit my webpage online at http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/ROBINGOUVEIA.
Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to giving back to this organization who has continually made a difference in my everyday life.