Please join me for the 2014 JDRF Walk to cure diabetes!
The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes is coming up! It is Saturday, May 10th at 8:30am and it's at an all new location this year - the Iowa State Fairgrounds! The walk route will be 1 mile, outdoors, rain or shine! The larger venue should better fit all the walkers, inflatables, music, face painting, refreshments, and more!
I can't believe this is my last year in elementary school - next year, middle school! I have been working hard this year at becoming more independent at school by checking my blood sugar in class and entering my lunch carbs into my pump myself instead of going to the nurse everyday. I am getting prepared for all the increased responsibility I'll have in middle school!
I've had diabetes for 4 years now. I still do 6-8 finger pokes a day to check my blood sugar and we have to insert a new insulin site into my arm or hip every 2-3 days. I love playing on my volleyball and basketball teams and I still do swim team too. I can do everything most kids do, diabetes is just an extra part of my everyday activities - checking my blood sugar frequently, adjusting insulin for high and low blood sugars, entering all the carbs I eat into my pump, and checking for ketones if my blood sugar is too high or I am sick. Every advancement made by JDRF research makes my life just a llittle bit easier.
My mom and dad just attended a JDRF Research update that went over all the research and trials they have in the pipeline. From prevention, to a cure someday, to advancements in insulin pump therapy like the artificial pancreas (an insulin pump that will also monitor blood sugar and be able to make adjustments automatically) - this may be a few years away, but it would be so awesome - it would be life-changing!!
Did you know?
Each year more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults (80 people/day) are diagnosed with T1D.
The rate of T1D incidence among children under the age of 14 is estimated to increase by 3% worldwide.
JDRF support demonstrated that an artificial pancreas can improve night-time blood sugar control.
JDRF funded research is investigating the possible role of viruses in causing T1D.
I hope you can help support JDRF by joining my team and walking with us or donating to this great cause!