It's that time again...time for the Sugar Sisters team to walk to cure juvenile diabetes! We will be participating in the Atlanta walk at Centennial Olympic Park on October 19, 2013.
As most of you know, Madison and I both have Type 1 diabetes. I'm a 13 year survivor; Maddie is a five-and-a-half year survivor. And this year we're asking for your help to raise money to fund research to not only improve ways in which Type 1 diabetics manage the disease but to find ways to cure it!
I was diagnosed with diabetes in July 2000 while on a family vacation to Syracuse, NY. After becoming extremely ill, my parents took me to the hospital where the nurse immediately noticed a "fruity smell" to my breath -- a tell-tale sign of unmanaged diabetes. My blood sugar was 425. Normal range is 80-120.
I spent several days in the ICU recovering from diabetic ketoacidosis and cerebral edema before having to undergo surgery for kidney stones that had developed. Having spent a full week in the hospital, I could finally leave, but the lives of everyone in my family would never be quite the same.
Madison was diagnosed in March of 2008. I was home from my freshman year at college for spring break, and we used my glucometer to check Maddie's blood sugar after noticing fatigue, frequent urination and extreme thirst. Coming home from the hospital a few days later, Maddie became my Sugar Sister.
The hardest thing about diabetes is that it doesn't go away once you've left the hospital. Shock, disbelief, anger, frustration, sadness all registered. But along with the negative emotions, there was hope and encouragement: Maddie and I have each other to learn from and support.
Each and every penny the Maddie and I raise will go directly to JDRF's research efforts. We understand that money is tight, but would you please donate as you are able?
And please feel free to contact me if you would like to walk with us this year!
Thank you!!! :)
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Ms. Anne Marie Notarthomas
The Eason Family