I have been friends with my #1 for almost 25 years.
It was the beginning of our 8th grade school year and she walked directly up to me in science class to introduce herself. The introduction went something like this, “Hi! My name is Sharon and you are Angela. I know of you because your friend goes to my church. Can I sit by you? I hear you like New Kids on the Block…”
As for 8th grade friendships that was all it really took, you know “so and so” and you like the same music—instant best friends. That initial introduction could easily explain the beginning of a surface friendship; however Sharon and I are lucky because we developed a true, forever friendship that has lasted throughout the years.
One of the best things about meeting a life-long friend at the age of 13, you literally grow up together. Sharon and I are no different. We have shared many, many laughs, first heart breaks, weddings, funerals, basically life.
Even though we don’t see each other as often as we would like, we both know that the other is only a phone call away.
When we were freshmen in college, Sharon came to see me at work. She walked up to me, arms reaching out and she started crying before we could even complete the embrace. Between her sobs, she told me that she had been diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes.
I cried with her but I honestly remember thinking, “it’s not that bad, I know plenty of diabetics and they are fine.” But I knew there was no way in hell I would let her cry alone.
Through the years, Sharon has been in and out of hospitals with problems related to her diabetes. I have seen her go from an insulin-dependent diabetic, to requiring a pump and after years of the pump not always being reliable, she is now blessed to have a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD).
Sharon currently lives in our hometown of Oxford, Mississippi with her husband, Jeremy; their 8-year old son, Carter and of course the newest member, Maia, Sharon’s Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD).
This year, I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people, like Sharon 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 fundraising campaign. 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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