Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I had to copy something my wife wrote yesterday which Sums up better than I could ever hope to our Son Ryan's life
Family & Friends,
Just 18 months ago our family was jolted with the news that our 15 year old athletic son, Ryan, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Ryan and I sat stunned and sobbing in the pediatrician’s office learning that Ryan would live with this disease for the rest of his life. It has been said that this diagnosis is a family disease. The whole family now experiences a new ”normal.” There is nothing normal about managing Type 1 diabetes. There is not a pill that can be taken three times a day . There is not a consistent routine that can be followed so that everything will stay in balance. When I learned that the goal was to try to get Ryan’s blood sugar level in a certain range 60% of the time, my mathematical mind quickly responded “Are you kidding me? A 60% is a D-!” I have had to alter my expectations . Ryan’s daily routine consists of 4 insulin injections, 4or more blood sugar checks, constant carb counting of everything a teenage boy consumes (and that can be a lot of counting) and never ever getting to take a break from this disease the he is learning to manage. It can be overwhelming and exhausting at times. As a mother I want to keep him safe from unconscious low blood sugar seizures. As a teenage boy he feels invincible. As a mother I want to keep him close to keep an eye on his levels. As a teenager he wants his independence. It can make us both very, very angry at times. A teenage boy asks himself “Why me?” A mother asks herself “Why not me instead of my son?”
We have learned together that everyone in life is handed a different set of cards. We don’t get to choose the cards we are dealt. What we decide to do with the cards defines who we are. We are fighters! Ryan loves sports. He runs cross country and plays lacrosse. He loves the outdoors. We canoed Boundary Waters and just returned from a 7 day backpacking trip on Isle Royale. My goal as a mother is to make sure that Ryan never feels constrained by this disease. I want him experiencing life to the fullest. It requires an extreme amount of faith, careful planning, and constant reminding (he may call it nagging) to make this happen.
Ryan’s siblings are quietly always watching out for signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Emilee, his 10 year old sister, asks him to check his levels when she notices his hand is quivering. His coaches carry emergency juice boxes to bump up his sugar levels when they quickly drop during exercise. He is surrounded by a world of people that are willing to help take on this burden to make sure that he is safe.
Please come and show your support by walking with Ryan’s team, RYABETES, on Saturday, August 3rd. The 3 mile fundraising walk to cure Type 1 diabetes starts at 9:30am in front of the MSU Auditorium. We will be meeting as a team at the NW corner of Auditorium Road and Farm Lane. We will be distributing team t-shirts for the walk and would like to take a group picture. My hope is that Ryan will be moved by the love and support of family and friends that will motivate him to CONTROL this disease rather than it control him until of course we find that cure. WE ARE FIGHTERS!!!!!
If you are interested in donating to JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation), please click on the link below that will take you to Ryan’s team where you can donate electronically. http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?team_id=126964&fr_id=2350&pg=team
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