Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my page for JDRF, and helping me support Diabetes Research.
I saved their generic but very informative message below but I wanted to put in my own.
I created team PosiTiffy because my cousin Therese coined the phrase after I’ve been on such a positive life changing path in 2011 starting nursing school, graduating, and just getting all around healthy and happy. Also huge thanks to my cousin Rachel for pushing me to get this walk together last year (2012), and for Therese's organization and fund raising efforts this year (2013)!
As many who are close to me may know I am not the world’s best diabetic, in fact at times I’ve been called the world’s worst; Being hospitalized in Januaury of 2011 for Diabetic Ketoacidosis or DKA which can be life threatening has helped to push me towards taking control of my diabetes and not letting it control me. Admittedly i've slacked at times, however I strongly believe there is no time like the present to change that. With recently graduating nursing school and wanting to further my education to eventually become a nurse practitioner and go into endocrinology to work with kids and related to kids with diabetes getting back on track is now my #1 goal, and setting this walk as my motivation I think will greatly help me reach my goals of becoming a healthier diabetic while helping to raise money for a cure! (and enjoying a fun day at six flags as well!)
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my teams page, and to help us stomp out Type 1 Diabetes.
I found this recently it is an Essay i wrote for a college application.. I just changed SAT to NCLEX to make it more relatable to now please read it and let me know what you think! :)
Everyone has at least one significant experience in their life time. Some happen sooner than others, some are life altering, and some may just be a bump in the road to success. In my case it happened sooner rather than later, and was a big life-changing event.
The summer before I entered 5th grade was long and unforgettable. My parents both worked during the day, so I spent the weekdays with various aunts, and my grandmother. Every weekend when I returned home my parents noticed I looked thinner; however they assumed I was just getting a lot of exercise playing with my cousins. Near the end of July I began feeling extremely sick, I couldn’t eat, I drank a gallon of water in one hour, and I was waking up every half hour to use the bathroom. When I told my parents what was happening they took me to my pediatrician, and were told it was just a bug and would pass. The next week I was still feeling ill, and returned to the doctors to receive a similar response. It wasn’t until the 3rd visit that they took a blood sample and a nurse practitioner, not one of the 2 doctors I had previously seen, correctly diagnosed me, with type one juvenile diabetes. After that I was taken to Winchester hospital with a blood sugar of 627 when the normal is 100.
When I was at Winchester hospital with my father I remember him trying to contact my mother who was starting her first day at a new job, and it was nearly impossible to get a hold of her. After that I don’t remember much. But I do remember at age 9 being in a hospital for 3 days, under close watch, and newly diagnosed with a disease I could hardly pronounce.
After I was released from the hospital I saw various people: doctors, nutritionists, and nurse practitioners. They taught me about type one diabetes, and what had happened to me; they explained how now a 9 year old would have to watch what she eats and count her carbohydrates, and oh did I mention no more trick-or-treating. That was and probably still is the toughest thing a child can give up, the simplest treats.
Many times I questioned why this happened to me. I wasn’t over weight; I didn’t constantly have sweets, and I was just your normal average 9 year old. Then I found out type one diabetes isn’t something you can prevent, it’s in your genes.
However at age 10 I didn’t understand this. I thought that God gave me diabetes to punish me for something, and sometimes I still question why. However God gives you only what He knows you can handle, and that’s what keeps me from giving up on my diabetes. Of course I have my bad days when I want that huge slice of cake, but then I think about it, and weigh my options. A slice of cake and have my legs amputated at age 50 because of lack of circulation, or skip the cake have an apple and hopefully get a different out come.
I believe that being diagnosed with diabetes has been the toughest challenge in my life, tougher than any homework problem or NCLEX question. Because in this case there’s never an absolute right answer you could do everything right and still have a blood sugar that’s too high or too low; but I believe that being diagnosed at such an early age gave me a responsibility that I have to handle, which makes it possible for me today to take on many other responsibilities. Because if I can keep my self in good health, when my body’s fighting it, then I can accomplish any smaller task.
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
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