Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
On October 4, 2005, at the age of 5, Sophie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We then spent the next 3 days at Umass Memorial Hospital in Worcester where we began to learn how to care for Sophie and and discover what our "new normal" would be inlcuding 6-8 fingersticks per day, daily injections, restricted diet and mealtimes. But that was just the beginning...this new normal also included constant worry about Sophie's blood sugars and ketones, counting every single carbohydrate she put in her body and calculating the insulin necessary to cover those carbs, quarterly visits to the endocrinoligist, setting alarms to get up in the middle of the night to test her. In August 2006, Sophie began using the OmniPod insulin delivery system which was wonderful and allowed her to only have 1 injection every 3 days and freedom from food and meal time restrictions. However, everything else remains. While Sophie is an amazing girl who has never let diabetes stand in her way we have had many, many, many, tears because of the extra worry and stress we all have because of her diabetes. As a new teenager, participating in high school sports and sleepovers with friends have extra layers of concern for Sophie...and while she handles it all with grace and a responsibility beyond her 13 years, she is often unable to just "be a teenager" and many tears are shed because of this. She has supplies she needs with her at all times, she needs to keep in touch with me about her blood sugars, she has to make sure she has the right food and drinks with her at all times, and she has to constantly be aware of how her body is reacting. Even simple things such as the fact that her locker is downstairs at the high school are cause for us to review her routine and make some changes. It is my dream that some day Sophie and everyone who deals with this disease, will be free from all of this. I hope for Sophie that she might go to college without the added pressure and worry diabetes brings. Please help us find a cure by donating to JDRF. Thank you!!
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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