Join me in the Fight to Find a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes!
Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
As the parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes, as well as being a Type 1 Diabetic myself, I know all too well how difficult daily life with Diabetes is and how heartbreaking it is to watch your child have to learn to accept life with Diabetes as "normal"...
I will never forget that morning, Thursday, February 6, 2003. Julian was 21 months old. He had been waking up with soaking wet diapers for two or three days and I just assumed that it was because he was drinking a little more before he went to bed at night. But that morning, he was extremely irritable and he just couldn't get enough to drink. He had just finished one sippy cup of orange juice and I noticed that he had gone over to his brother, Zach, and taken his as well. He finished both cups and walked over to me and started crying terribly and threw his cup at my feet. That was not Julian's personality. I knew that something was wrong, and I had this terrible feeling that I knew what it was. Again, I'm a diabetic. I knew all of the symptoms. I walked into the bedroom, got my meter, and checked Julian's sugar. I was so afraid to see what it was, but again, I knew in my heart that I already had the answer. His blood sugar was 486. I called my husband, Doug. Then I called our pediatrician. I told him that although we knew about as much as we could know about Diabetes, after living with it for almost 30 years, I was panicking. Our pediatrician told us to head to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and that he would meet us there. Doug came rushing home from work, walked in the door, held me tightly and reassured me that we would get through this and that Julian would be ok. For the first time, I truly knew what my Mom had felt 28 years earlier when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I was now the Mom of a child with Diabetes, and this "boo boo" I couldn't kiss and make better like I was supposed to be able to do.
That was the start of this journey that we're on. We began life with our baby who, at not even two years old, would start having to endure blood sugar testing and taking daily shots, not to mention the diet restrictions, etc. And as much as you worry about all of your children, it's different with a diabetic. It's a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year worry.
Now here we are, 11 years later. It seems as though it's all routine now. It is, but it isn't. Julian has always been very good with accepting having Diabetes. He has a wonderful understanding of it all and he really knows what he's doing, however, we've hit that point that I think most people get to. At 12, Julian now HATES having Diabetes. He says it's a "waste of time." He doesn't want to be different from all of his friends. He wants to have sleepovers as freely as other kids can. He doesn't want to have to check his sugar and take insulin when he and his friends are all going to the candy store after school.
I'm writing about all of this for a reason. Because it's heartbreaking. It is so hard to watch your child that you adore, that you love so much that you would do absolutely anything for, that you would give your life for, have to go through all of this. Are there things that could be worse? of course there are. But having Diabetes, especially as a child, is not easy. That's why Doug and I had decided that we would do whatever we could to help raise money to find a cure for Diabetes. We were determined. We would raise whatever money it took. However, we soon realized, after organizing School Walks as well as many other fund raising ideas and events, that we could not do it alone. That's why I'm asking for your help. Not just for Julian, but for Julian as well as the millions of others that suffer from Diabetes. If you think about it, I think I would be safe in saying that everyone either knows and/or loves someone afflicted with Type 1 Diabetes.
Please walk the 1 to 3 mile walk with us. It takes place at Jacksonville Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Registration begins at 8:00am and the Walk starts at 9:00am. Our Team name is "Team J Town" (chosen by Julian). We are having Team shirts made that we are asking each person that is walking with us wear. The cost of the shirt is $10.00.
Please contact me (904) 540-9262 if your are able to WALK with us. You can either get sponsors if you are walking or simply make your own donations. If you are unable to make the WALK, please feel free to make a donation on Julian's behalf.
JDRF desperately needs all of our help to put an end to this life threatening auto immune disease. They are the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research.
Your support with make a huge difference in so many people lives!