Hello, thank you for visiting my fundraising page for the Western Massachusetts 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes!
My name is Samantha Cardone and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on November 29th, 2011 when I was twenty-two years old. I was about to take final exams so I could graduate from the University of Massachusetts when I was whisked to the nearest hospital to bring my sugars to normal levels. Since that day, my new mantra has become constant vigiliance! I have become super aware of how I treat my body.
Foods like pasta and chocolate cake are no longer freebies for me. Each and every gram of sugar or carbohydrate has to carefully be accounted before I can take a bite, much to my carb-loving lament. I can't go anywhere without my new bag of tricks, including testing supplies and glucose tabs and extra infusion sets. I have to prick my fingers in public places or attend to the annoying beeping of my insulin pump at 3 AM. I can't explain all my sugars, which is frustrating but people with type 1 diabetes have learned to accept that there are rarely ever answers. I can't complain because even in spite of all these things, I have continued to live a life of adventure and chocolate and happiness.
Science and medicine have changed for better since the early days of treatment, making the management of diabetes to not involve boiling of needles, peeing into cups, and taking pig insulin to survive. Thanks to the hard work of doctors like Dr. Frederick Banting, there are now easier methods for blood sugar control. People who have type 1 diabetes can no longer produce insulin, an essential hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin is essentially the key that unlocks your cells so energy you obtain from food can enter. Without insulin, all the energy or glucose from food into cells builds up in the person's bloodstream and makes them sick.
There is no definitive cause for type 1 diabetes and despite medical advances that make it easier to live normal lives, insulin therapy is not the same as finding a cure. JDRF is the largest research foundation for type 1 diabetes on a global scale that helps to fund scientific research to end type 1 diabetes. I will trek onward in hopes that someday, a cure could be around the corner. Thank you!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.
Amy Schulze & family
Bob & Sandy Cardone
Marshall Wace North America
Mr. John Zebb
Mr. Paul S. Daley
Mrs. Ann Ross
The Normandeau Family
The VanDerBeken Family