My name is Amanda Alfano. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on March 18th, 2013. I was diagnosed when I was 17 years old. I was right at the end of my senior year in high school when I started noticing symptoms like peeing all of the time and having the weirdest obsession with water or anything I could find to drink. People were starting to call me "skinny" which is something I am definitely not. I have always been a very healthy sized girl and I was getting to the point where I looked sick all the time. I finally went to the doctor with all of these strange symptoms. They testsed my blood sugar ad it was an outstanding 585. They sent me to the hospital right away where I learned all about type 1 diabetes and what I will have to do for the rest of my life.
Just a little info... 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. (YET!)
I am very positive about my disease. Right now I doing insulin injections four times a day. I have only had diabetes for a little over three months and I am very interested in the insulin pump and my doctor feels that it would suit me perfectly because I am doing so well and I am a responsible 18 year old girl. I have not once been upset about having diabetes because it is something I will be dealing with for the rest of my life and I want my life to be happy.
I have support from everyone including my family (thank god my mom is a nurse), my boyfriend, my friends, coworkers, my endocrinologist clinic, and just random people I run into that know someone with diabetes. I have known my whole life that I want to be a nurse, and this just reassures my dreams even more. I want to work in an endocrinologist clinic after I graduate from Eastern Michigan University so that I can teach people of all ages how to be a responsible and healthy diabetic.
I am taking part in the walk this year because I want to show people how strong I am and that they can be just as positive about their disease. There are millions of people affected by this disease and I am raising money so that one day there will be a cure. If I could stop the disease right now I would because in reality nobody wants to have diabetes, but while some of us do have diabetes we have to be positive and make the best of it until there is a cure some day.
Please donate to my team! We need all the money we can get. Every penny we collect is being donated to research. If you can make it out to Michigan State on August 3rd, 2013 that would be great! The times are: 8:30 A.M.(August 3rd) all the way to the 8:30 A.M.(August 4th) I hope to see you all there! (if you cannot make it you can donate online!)
Thank you for your support!
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