Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
As many of you know finding a CURE for diabetes hits very close to home for me!! I have been a Type I Diabetic for almost 13 years now and there is not a day that goes by where I am not reminded of the fact that I have this disease and I must take care of myself or I will suffer from complications related to the disease. I started out giving myself insulin shots and was then introduced to the insulin pump. I have been on an insulin pump for 12 years now and love it! I hear a lot of people say they would never consider a pump because it is a machine that is hooked to your body at all times. I wear my insulin pump on my my hip and most people do not even notice. The only time that I unhook from my pump is to take a shower. Otherwise, it is hooked up to my body 24 hours a day. The pump is constantly administering insulin to me throughout the day and then when I eat a meal or a snack I have to determine how many carbohydrates I consumed and dial in an appropriate dosage of insulin in my pump. There is a tube that runs from the pump to underneath my skin and I have to change the site every three days. I feel as if sticking myself with a needle once every three days is better than having to give myself a shot every time I eat. The insulin pump is a wonderful piece of technology and I have no complaints about it thus far!!
Along with taking insulin when I eat, I also have to prick my finger at least 4 times a day to determine what my blood sugar is. I always check it first thing in the morning and right before I go to bed. Diabetes is a disease that a person can live with but it is definitely something you have to manage very closely in order to stay on top of your blood sugar and keep your numbers in a normal range to prevent complications down the road.
It breaks my heart to see young children suffering from this disease and having to go through all of this on a daily basis. I have been blessed with two, beautfiul daughters and it would break my heart if I ever had to see one of them suffer from this disease. So, I feel it is very important to do what we can to find a CURE for all of the adults and children with Diabetes!
My family and I have particpated in the Walk to Cure Diabetes for many years and we plan to carry on the tradition again this year. So, please make a donation and support JDRF!
Thanks in advance for your continued support and generousity!!