Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page, this is our story
In March 2013 my family's lives changed for ever. After a routine checkup at her pediatricians my daughter Catey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, just several weeks shy of her 5th birthday. After two 6 hour educations days at the doctors office we were sent home with scripts for 2 types of insulin, syringes, emergency glucagon injections, ketone strips, lancets, alcohol wipes, test strips and glucose meters. Needless to say we were overwhelmed. Add all that to the fact we had to hold Catey down to check her blood sugar at least four times a day and give her shots of insulin at least four times a day and start counting the carbohydrates in everything she ate, and watching her decline snacks because she didn't want another shot...it was heartbreaking for us. We just kept putting one foot in front of the other and day by day it did get easier. Several months after diagnosis we decided to order an insulin pump so she woudn't need to get shots everyday and so she could eat whatever she wants when she wants. (she still needs to have her blood sugar checked multiple times a day). We also got her a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) which gives us a reading of her blood sugar every 5 minutes so we can trend her blood sugars and adjust her insulin according.
If you ask Catey about her diabetes, she will say "it's just part of who I am". Kids are resilient and she has adjusted amazingly. I watch her in awe and wonder if I would handle it as gracefully as she has if the tables were turned...but that being said Catey will also tell you diabetes sucks. She still has to get poked and prodded. She can't just eat without checking with me first. When her sugars get too high or low she can feel really sick. Since Catey is so young my husband and I take on all of the care of here diabetes management. We joking call ourselves pancreas #1 and pancreas #2. The amount of calculating, measuring and calibrating we do is insurmountable. We have to measure everything she eats, make changes to her insulin ratios, monitor her blood sugars all day (and into the night), and we spend hours pouring over the data we download from her insulin pump and CGM trying to figure out how to keep her blood sugar level.
And all of this is why I will walk. So no one will have to go through the initial traumatizing, life changing event of getting a diagnosis. So no parent will have to go from the pharmacy with three bags of medications (after 2 days of training) and hold their child down for necessary life saving shots. So kids won't have to know what it is like to have sky high and bottomed out blood sugars. So no parent will have to take on the additional job of being a full time pancreas. So that when Catey is 18 she can go away to college and be young and have fun and not have to be her own pancreas.
This is why I will walk for a cure, and why I am asking you to walk with me or donate to my fundraising campaign. The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. 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 largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
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Mrs. Allyson Parrott
Mrs. Nancy Fletcher