On July 11, 2012, our family got a huge surprise. Zachary had been odd for a couple of weaks -- thirsty all the time and peeing constantly! Then he started to get sick -- falling asleep on the couch and rapidly losing weight. When we took him to the doctor, it only took a quick finger prick to determine that he had to go straight to the emergency room because his blood sugar was frighteningly high. Zachary was in the hospital for a couple of days while we learned all about how to take care of a kid with Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is difficult, life threatening, and never goes away.
Zachary lives every day in a delicate balance between blood sugar being too high and blood sugar being too low. He needs to have his finger pricked to check his blood sugar between 6 and 10 times per day. He also wears an insulin pump (which gives him precise measurements of insulin) 24 hours a day, and every other day needs to have his infusion set changed. For the rest of his life, Zachary needs to count how many grams of carbs he is eating at each meal, what his blood sugar is, and then determine how much medicine he needs (our job for now; his jobs eventually). He has been incredibly brave, and has even started helping with the whole process.
Zachary is fortunate that he has a loving family that is committed to keeping him healthy and fighting this battle. Some kids are not as lucky. Some kids even end up in medical foster homes if they don't have families who are able or willing to take care of them.
This year, our family will be taking part in JDRF's Walk To Cure Diabetes, in order to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes.
We are asking for your support. Please donate to our personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help us make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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Mrs. Diane Kefalas
Ms. Amy Grossman