Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
I'm joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
My daughter, Kaitlyn was diagnosed at the age of 1. She is now still living with it at the age of 13. For 12 years, she has counted every carbohydrate she has ever eaten. She goes without school birthday treats and has learned to subdue any cravings for "snack" foods. She has approximately had 17, 520 insulin injections (1 for breakfast, 1 for lunch, 1 for supper, and 1 at bedtime), and she has approximately done 30, 660 finger pokes to check her blood sugar (this is tallied from today's date, doesn't include tomorrow or the next day, or the next, and it doesn'tinclude all those extra times, like when she's ill). She goes to Mayo Clinic every 3 months for check ups and to check her A1C ( a blood test to check her 3 month average of blood sugar levels). This past summer Kaitlyn was hospitalized because her blood sugars got out of control and she developed ketoacidosis, a kind of metabolic "poisoning" that can be life threatening. I could go on and on with stories, and I could go on and on explaining how this disease effects Kaitlyn every day of her life; but mostly I want you to know that Kaitlyn will survive, because she is strong and this disease will not rule her life. She has diabetes, but diabetes does NOT have her!
Donating to this cause will help fund the research needed to find the cure that will end this disease for Kaitlyn and so many children affected with it. Think of this way, next time you are "starving" for something to eat, imagine finding what you want and then taking the time to check your sugar, calculate the carbs in the food, calculate that with how much higher your sugar is than where it's suppose to be, calculate that with the insulin you need, and then write everything down in your log book so you can monitor your blood sugars and insulin..and then finally sit down to eat your food. Did you want Dairy Queen today? I'm sorry, your blood sugars have been high all day, maybe tomorrow, we'll see how it goes.
When Kaitlyn was around 2 years old, we were coming back from Christmas at Grandma's and she walked into the living room and collapsed head first onto the couch. Her blood sugar was low. Have you ever felt so shaking and confused, unable to concentrate and irritated at the same time, because you haven't eaten all day and your sugar is low? Maybe you didn't know your sugar was low, but you just felt really bad? Diabetics deal with lows all the time. It is dangerous for them, and everything they do - play volleyball, ride their bikes, go for a school field trip that includes a lot of walking - it all contributes to lowering their blood sugar and they have to think ahead to prepare for those darn lows.
What I'm trying to say is, these children deserve a life where they can be kids and not have to focus on their health status EVERY DAY! They need that ice cream from Dairy Queen without having to do anything, just enjoy it and know they are going to be ok!!
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Please help! Please help Kaitlyn and all other children living with this disease!
Thank you for your support!
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