I am fortunate to have friends and family that are loving and generous. Thank you.
My daughter, Hannah was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (T1D) last year. It was right around the July 4th holiday. She was fatigued, and thirsty, and even lost weight. She was eating and drinking. We thought it was because it was extremely hot and our neighborhood lost electrical power. It wasn't because of the heat or because she wasn't eating, it was because her body was starved for energy as she couldn't process her food intake and convert it to glycogen. Instead, her body was feeding off itself because her pancreas couldn't produce insulin. One moment we were in the pediatrician's office, and the next Hannah was hospitalized in PIC Beaumont.
T1D is a permanent condition and requires a life time of monitoring and correcting with insulin. There is no end to the attention an individual must give to this disease. You don't get a break from it - EVER. You must always have with you blood testing tools, and insulin, and glucose. You have to plan activities and snacks and meals. A swim in the pool, a climb of a mountain face, a season of dance classes, summer camp and even school require preparation and an ample supply of food and needles and other diabetic supplies. Hannah does all these things without hesitation. She has handled it like a champ! She is an impressive child.
Blood sugar (glucose) is tested several times a day, by pricking of the finger, and then administering insulin, if necessary, to stay healthy. Having T1D means my family and I have to pay careful attention to diet, exercise, sleep and a lot of other things to keep a balance between blood sugar lows and highs. Every meal, every snack and every activity requires testing and the administering of insulin.
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. Will you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
I know we all get requests for donations. I hope that you find this cause, the cure and treatment of Type 1 to be worthy.
Thank you again,
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Mr. David Knoll