Hi. My name is Charlie and I am a three-and-a-half year old with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which my pancreas stopped producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It cannot be prevented, and there is no cure. I will always have it. Being diagnosed so young, I will never know life without it.
Last year I got very sick. Instead of being a crazy two year old, I had no energy, would lay around all the time, was unusually fussy, and lost a lot of weight. Around Thanksgiving, I started to get VERY thirsty, waking up in the middle of the night screaming for water. I'd soak through my diapers in five minutes. Mommy and Daddy were scared.
On December 2, after a call to our doctor, Mommy and Daddy rushed me to the ER where the nurses determined my blood sugar was 650. (Normal blood sugar is 90.) At that moment, life as we knew it changed.
Mommy and Daddy learned the critical importance of balancing my blood sugar 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They learned that with T1D, my body can't process the sugar in my blood. Too much sugar in the blood (high blood sugar) can lead to major organ damage; and not enough sugar in my blood (low blood sugar) can cause immediate seizure or death. So every day, we have to maintain balance. To do this, Mommy and Daddy prick my finger 8-10 times a day to check my blood sugar; and based on that number, along with what and when I eat, they give me a shot of insulin with each meal in order to properly process the sugar. There is no break. There is no vacation. This is our lifelong battle.
I hate diabetes. Mommy and Daddy hate diabetes. But you know what? We're going to fight it. To do this, we need your help.
Please support me and my team, Charlie's Angels, as we help raise money for JDRF, the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. The money we 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. Thanks to JDRF, I and my family have HOPE. We have hope that maybe one day I, and the millions of others suffering this life-threatening disease, may in fact know life without it.
Will you be an Angel and help me and my family in our fight? Will you help give me hope? Please make a donation today. Or, I'd love for you to join Charlie's Angels by clicking the "Join this Team" button, and walk with us on October 19.
Thank you for your support!
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