Friends and Family!
This year I have made several changes to my diabetes management. I have progressed from taking multiple shots a day to attaching a insullin pump through a port in my abdomen which delivers continous insulin througout the day. I tell the pump each time I eat how many carbs I have eaten so it can give me extra insulin as I eat. Once I got used to my new pump, I was able to add a second port into my abdomen that I can attach a coninuous gluclose monitor (my sensor) to that takes continuous blood sugar readings and reports it back to my pump. This helps me to reduce the yo-yo effect I get when I play football and lacrosse or if I make a mistake counting my carbs. My parents recently purchased a computer monitor which displays the readings from my sensor and alarms to tell me that my sugar levels are trending too low or high. This is especially helpful because it will wake up my mom with the alarm and she can come into my room and wake me up at night with food before I get too low. I still have to check my sugar 6-8 times a day with a finger stick and have to change the ports in my abdomen every three days but that is better than all the needles I used to take with every meal.
The money raised by JDRF through these types of fundraisers has helped with these medical advancements that make managing my disease a little easier. I have been reading alot about the "closed loop system" and the artifical pancrease and am excited to see what the future holds for me.
Please consider supporting me again this year by joining team frankie as a virtual walker to raise money for our team, or by making a donation to team frankie through the ctma.jdrf.org website and selecting team frankie. Please share this email with anyone who might be interrested in supporting me as well.
Thank you for considering a dontion to my team your support means alot to me.
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Michelle Bailey & Kay Correll