Dear Family and Friends,
Please try to answer the following questions. Do you have enough insulin for the day? Do you have enough test strips? When was the last time you changed your lancet? Did you check you sugar? What’s your 7-day blood sugar average? Should we send your numbers to the doctor? Did you check before you went on the court/field? It was probably difficult to answer the questions if you are a not a diabetic. But these are the questions I answer every morning and night and that I have heard for the last 10 years. Since I was four years old I have checked by blood sugar around 25000 times.
Now please think back to when you were around the age of four years old; what’s your first memory? Is it playing outside with a friend? Cutting your own hair? Eating something that was not edible? When I think back I think to when I was four, one of the most vivid memories I have is standing up on a table in the play room of Beaumont Hospital with my friends and family around saying “IM NOT SICK I HAVE DIET-BABIES”. Since that moment, my family and friends knew diabetes would never stop me from achieving my goals.
Now, think of what you did yesterday? It was probably simpler than my routine. On top of doing my normal activities for the day, I had to check my blood sugar around 8 times, I had to change my pump site because I wouldn’t have had enough insulin for the meal, I had to take time to figure out the carb counts, I had to make a dosage correction if my sugar was high or I had to drink a juicebox if it was low. This is had been a mandatory part of my life for 10 years. And when I think 10 years from now into the future, I can imagine myself living just like you! Not having to take time out of my day to stop and worry about my diabetes. My mom, dad, sisters, friends and other family members wouldn’t have to stop and worry about me too. The Artificial Pancreas is almost here! I have attended a convention for the artificial pancreas this year, and have learned it is closer than you may think. With the artificial pancreas I will not have to check my blood sugar, it will be like living a life without diabetes. Some researchers say as close as 2017, just as I am off to college!
This is where you can help me! I want to be able to stop having to answer the questions above, but I need your help. The cure is so close! So if you could please donate to our family's JDRF Team Traison, you can say you helped make the Artificial Pancreas for diabetics a reality.
This marks our 9th year of participating in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. We are very close to reaching a total of $100,000 during this time. Please help put us over the top! It would be so amazing knowing that all our friends and family helped us reach this personal goal.
Please click on the link below to donate online or mail a check made out to JDRF to our home at
6569 Torybrooke Circle, West Bloomfield, MI 48323
Thank you in advance for your support.
Janice, Steve, Liz and Rebecca
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