Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! This year, my family and friends will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, on June 9th 2012. I'm asking for your support in raising money to help find a cure for Diabetes. Please donate to my personal fund raising efforts, by doing so you can help make a difference in Rilee's life and millions of others living with type 1 diabetes.
I'll never forget the day Rilee, who was 5 at the time, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Thursday October 14th, 2010. She had been more tired than usually, urinating and drinking excessively, so I made an appointment to take her in to see her Pediatrician. I thought I was taking her in for a bladder infection or something, but when they had her pee in a cup and then checked her sugar, I knew in my heart the news would not be good. Her doctor came in and told me she has diabetes. I was then told I had to take her to Bronson Children's Hospital that night, her sugar level was over 600. I was not prepared; I don't think any parent is, to hear your child has diabetes. We spent 1 day in ICU to bring her sugar level under control, and then the next 3 days learning about the disease and how to take the best care of Rilee. It was so much as parents to go thru, but to see your child struggle with it and trying to understand what is going on was heartbreaking. Many tears were shed. It has been a life change for our family but especially for Rilee. She no longer can eat whatever and whenever she wants, all carbs have to be accounted for. All meals include finger pokes to check her sugar, followed by an insulin shot. That is 6 pokes a day, this does not include the extra shot she gets in the morning for her long acting insulin or the times when her sugar is low, that can be an extra 2-3 finger pokes depending on how fast her sugar comes up. When traveling, there is the "diabetic bag" which contains her extra snacks, items to treat low sugar, insulin and syringes. This is the life of a diabetic, this is Rilee's life. Rilee is now 7 and she is a trooper, and most days does very well with the new life she has been dealt. We still have our days of "why me mom"or "I don"t want diabetes anymore", but we are a team and we are doing what needs to be done so Rilee can continue to live a active healthy life for many years to come.
Thank you for your support!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.
Brett & Cynthia Bernhardt
Dell & Bill Cook