Once again, our family is participating in the JDRF Walk at Holiday World. We're asking you to partner with us by donating to our team. Type 1 diabetes is a big part of our daily life. When Joanna was diagnosed at age 7 (2008), our lives were turned upside down. Jennifer took her into the E.R. after she threw up twice and was breathing really funny, thinking it was possibly an allergic reaction to the antibiotic she was on for a skin infection. The doctor quickly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes, but she had to be moved by ambulance to Kosair Children's Hospital because she was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). She had to be brought out of DKA slowly by bringing down her blood sugar level (it was over 500) and hydration. Thankfully, she doesn't remember much at all about being in the hospital (it was four days).
Since then, she pokes her finger to check her blood sugar about eight times a day and changed from four shots a day to changing her pump every two days. We work really hard to keep her blood sugar in range and keep her from long-term complications. Most people hate shots and avoid them as much as possible. I estimate she's had 1,300 shots, 600 pump changes (long needle), and 16,000 fingerpokes since diagnosis.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure trying to turn type 1 into type NONE. And that is what we hope for Joanna, a life without shots or finger pokes. We participate in the Holiday World walk to help raise money for research and for a cure. Please help us!