Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
As you may or may not know, our son Ian was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in April of this year. The diagnosis came after 2 months of warning signs including mood swings, frequent urination, excessive thirst and general crankiness. We took him to the doctor and saw a blood sugar of 581 (normal is 70-130). So, off to the emergency room we went and in two days were given a crash course in how to treat Ian's diabetes.
Once Ian started receiving insulin, we saw an immediate positive response. No more bedwetting, weight gain and our generally happy kid was happy once more. Of course, Ian's treatment will continue for the rest of his life. This means that he will need to check his blood sugar 6-10 times per day and will need insulin injections every time he eats…even if it’s just a snack. For the rest of his life.
Ian can eat anything he wants to eat...provided that we know how many carbohydrates are in the food and can give him the appropriate dose of insulin. He can also participate in any and all sports or other activities like any other kid.
Ian has been a real trooper during this process. He helps us with his "finger pokes" and understands that, once he gets his insulin shot, he has to eat everything on his plate. Sadie has also been very supportive. She's there to hold his hand when he doesn't want to get a shot and she's changed her eating habits to mimic his. It has truly been a family effort.
Our family will be walking at Montrose Harbor on October 6 to raise awareness and support the cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Please take a moment to support our team and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. 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 only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Eliza & Gillian Cowey
Jim and Anne Handley
Kiki & Pop-Pop
McLain Clutter, Rebekka Kuhn + Denis Clutter
Mr. Oliver Handley
Mrs. Nicholas Hillebrand
Pappy and Grammy
Uncle Don and Aunt Jill Miller