Hi, my name is Kaitlyn. I just celebrated my 13th birthday. On July 6, 2012 I was admitted to MUSC childrens hospital pediactric ICU. My sugar was almost 800 and my body was in DKA. That means when your cells don't get the glucose they need for energy, your body begins to burn fat for energy, which produces ketones. Ketones are acids that build up in the blood and appear in the urine when your body doesn't have enough insulin. I was on vacation with my Aunt when she began to notice that my skin was pale, I was thirsty all the time, always going to the bathroom, very pale and wanted to sleep, didnt know where I was most of the time. She took me to the local military hospital since she lived on base. After some blood work, they rushed me over to MUSC by ambulance. From there I remember, being hooked up to many IV's, monitors until my parents arrived. I was sent straight to the pediactric ICU where I was monitored very closely for the next 24 hours. The next morning I was told that I had sudden onset juvenille T1D. The next 4 days were spent in the hospital learning what I was going to have to do stay alive. After coming home, my parents and I decided to sign up for our first walk with JDRF. We have been activley involved with JDRF in hopes that we can come up with a cure so myself and many T1D dont have to live with this anymore. This is nothing that could have been prevented, It has become apart of my daily life. I have such a huge support system behind me with friends, and family. I play basketball for my school and love to hang out with my friends.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk team, Team Katiebug as we walk for our second year. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!
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