Lauren May

RAISED:

$435

GOAL:

$500

Help us find a cure for Diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!  I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).  If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening.  And they know it never goes away.

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.

Many people think type 1 Diabetes can be controlled by insulin. While insulin does keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, it is NOT a cure. Aside from the daily challenges of living with type 1 diabetes, there are many severe, often fatal, complications caused by the disease.

 

One of the students in my Kindergarten class last year was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1992. I have been able to see first hand how diabetes effects the life of someone who has it. I have had diabetes for 18 years, but I seem to have missed so many things until now; working with someone who also has this disease day in and day out. Diabetes effects the lives of our families, loved ones, friends, and sometimes acquaintances.

 

Working with Jasmine has shown me just how vital it is to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. This disease affects a person's day to day life and the lives of their loved ones. Jasmine was diagnosed with type 1(juvenile) diabetes five years ago, shortly before she turned two years old. She will be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. In her short six years of life she already has endured over 8,500 fingerpricks and 6,500 insulin injections. In addition to her rigorous blood testing and maintaining of her insulin pump, everything she consumes must be weighed and measured, and her blood levels even need to be checked while she sleeps and plays (by her parents, grandparents, or teachers). Jasmine is always a trooper and rarely complains. She is full of smiles and laughs.

 

Jasmine continually amazes me and is a blessing to have at St. Pius. She serves as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful role model at our school.

There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens me. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach.  Jasmine has asked me, "When I grow up and have kids, do you think we'll have a cure for diabetes?" It's a painful question to answer looking at her beaming and hopeful eyes.  I feel confident a positive answer will be available before she goes to high school. 

 

Please understand, I am not trying to have a pity session. Jasmine's family and I truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good.

 

I am including here a schedule that Jasmine and her mom (and myself as well) follow everyday. Please notice how much time and thought must go into taking care of diabetes:

 

Your 24-hour Schedule with Juvenile Diabetes

 

For the next 24 hours, you have type-one diabetes.  Follow the schedule below and make sure that every time it indicates "Blood Glucose Check" or "Insulin Administered" you give yourself a good snap with a rubber band!  You will learn a lot about what it is to have juvenile diabetes, but there is one important difference:  at the end of the 24 hours, you can take off the bracelet and go on with your life.  We hope that you will continue to wear it for the many people with juvenile diabetes, young and old, who cannot "take their diabetes off." 

 

Time  Action

 7:00  a.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 269)

  Eat Breakfast (Calculate carbohydrate grams)

Insulin administered (Amount determined by # of carbs and anticipated activity)

 

 9:30  a.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 60)

  Have juice to bring blood Glucose up.  

 

11:51  a.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 106)

  Eat Lunch (Calculate carbohydrates)

Insulin administered (Amount determined by # of carbs and anticipated activity)

 

 3:05  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 167)

 

 6:10  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 109)

 

 6:45  p.m.  Insulin administered (Amount determined by # of carbs consumed)

  Eat Dinner (Calculate carbohydrates)

 

7:45  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check. 

  Insulin administered (Amount determined by # of carbs consumed)

  Eat Dinner (Calculate carbohydrates)

 

 9:00  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 56)

  Have juice to bring Blood Glucose up.  Have snack whether hungry or not.

  Check Blood Glucose again in 15 minutes.

 

 9:15  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 70)

  Coming up, but not high enough yet.  Check again in 15 minutes.

 

 9:30  p.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 85)

 

12:03  a.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 306)

  Insulin administered to reduce high Blood Glucose.

 

 3:00  a.m.  Blood Glucose Check (Reading: 260)

  Insulin administered to reduce high Blood Glucose.

 

I know that sounds like a lot to handle, and it is. No seven year old should have to endure this, especially not someone as sweet, smart, and wonderful as Jasmine. Her family has done a great job getting her involved at Nemours Children's Clinic in many studies and is devoted to keeping her diabetes under control. Jasmine was blessed last February to receive an Insulin Pump that she wears 24 hours a day to administer her insulin.

Thank you very much to those of you who have already donated. You are making a significant difference in many people's lives. Please consider donating to this worthy cause and help us find a cure. If you would like to join us on March 24, you can also sign up to be a walker and walk with myself, many of our classmates and friends at St. Pius, and Jasmine's family for this great cause.

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?


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WALK DETAILS

Date and time

April 12, 2014
Registration: 8:00 AM
Starts: 9:00 AM
Length of walk: 3 miles or 1 mile option

Location

Jacksonville Fairgrounds
510 Fairground Place
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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CONTACT

Candace Monroe

cmonroe@jdrf.org
(904) 739-2101

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