Join me in the fight to Cure, and Prevent Type 1 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).
Let me tell you our story; Jakob was diagnosed July 19, 2012,
I noticed a few weeks prior to diagnosis Jakob was drinking and urinating excessively, i attributed this to the warm weather, and his normal hyperactivity, and busyness!! Never dreamed this healthy, active 7 year old was battling Type 1 Diabetes
We were planning to go out of town for the weekend, when my husband came home after working a 48 hour shift with the Jacksonville Fire Dept. and noticed Jakob's weight loss, at that point we felt we needed to take him in to be checked out.
Both of us work in the health care field, I am a Registered Nurse, and Jimmy is a Paramedic. When the Doctor checked Jakob's Blood Glucose and it was 564, we both knew. We were sent to Wolfson's Children's ED where we were given the devestating news of Type 1 Diabetes. Looking back now Jakob exhibited the classic symptoms fo Diabetes, but it was just to close for us to see.
Thank Goodness Jakob was not in DKA, and our stay in the hospital was just for the weekend, we were sent to Diabetic Education the next day, not really sure how we were functioning we sat in class trying to take it all in. The first couple of weeks I felt like we were in a never ending cycle........, blood glucose check, insulin coverage, carb counting, carb coverage...... wait 2-3 hours and repeat, unless Jakob told us his "legs hurt", then it was check blood glucose and treat hypoglycemia!
Jakob checks his Blood glucose 6-7 times per day plus insulin coverage for just about anything he eats! Do the math on how many times aday Jakob gets stuck with a needle. It's 12 on a good day, 84 in one week, and you can calculate the rest!
Do you know what you can eat UNDER 5 grams of carbs?? ask Jake he knows........Sugar free jello, SF popsicles, cheese stix, pickles, olives, nuts, peanutbutter, dry salami, it's amazing as a mom of a child with dibetes how creative you can get!!
This will be our second year walking. Jakob is now on an Insulin pump, the Omni Pod, and is doing very well. Even though this has been a lifestyle change for our entire family, it is still extremely hard to manage, think about if you had to account for every time you put something in your mouth, and think about if you had to keep your A1C levels within a good range so this disease doesn't destroy your organs, or causes blindness. this is why we walk, this is why we need to raise money for research, and this is why......
We need to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
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.
Did you know that:
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?
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?