Welcome to another year for TEAM GARRETT and our participation in the JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. April marks the second year anniversary for our family living with this this terrible disease. It seems just like yesterday when Diabetes entered our world....
Garrett was diagnosed on April 13, 2011. Nothing could possibly have prepared us for that day or for what our lives would be like going forward. Garrett had been drinking a ton of water, going to the bathroom a lot and was always hungry. Not having a clue as to what was going on, we just figured he was going through a growth spurt. After mentioning this to our daycare lady she said "You know, those are signs of Diabetes in children." A few days passed and we finally took him into the doctors office where we were told that our son had Type 1 Diabetes and that a room was waiting for us at the hospital. We then rushed to the hospital where we spent the next four days learning about Diabetes and how to care for our child. To hear that a part of your child's body is broken and can't be fixed is devastating. Even after two years I think we still grieve a bit. We have more good days than bad, but the pain is always there.
Garrett did not do anything to cause this disease--it's an autoimmune disease that kills the beta cells that produces insulin. Because Garrett's pancreas does not produce insulin on its own, Garrett receives insulin through multiple daily injections. On a typical day he receives between 4-5 injections as well as 6-10 finger pokes to check his blood sugar. Type 1 Diabetes does not take a break--EVER! He will never outgrow it and it will never go away UNLESS THERE IS A CURE.
As parents of a T1D child, this is a 24/7 job. We are constantly balancing insulin, measuring food and counting carbohydrates to keep his diabetes under control. In addition to the everday tasks we do to keep him safe, we shoulder great amounts of worry and concern. Worry that we are doing enough now, so that he doesn't have complications later in life. Concern that without a cure, he will have to live with this forever and what that may mean for his future. We pray that when we put our son to bed at night, he will wake up in the morning with a "good number" and not be suffering from a low or high blood sugar. We ride this emotional rollercoaster while trying to make everyday as normal and happy as possible. We want him to understand that he is just like any other 6 year old little boy... except his pancreas doesn't work.
We support the JDRF and the Walk to Cure Diabetes because the JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more Type 1 Diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
If you would like to support our walk please log onto the link below and follow the instructions.
We are asking for your support. Please donate to our fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help us make a difference for millions of people living with Type 1 Diabetes, including our son Garrett.
We sincerely thank you for your support and donations. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Please keep us in your prayers as we strive to find a cure. Our hope is that one day Garrett will be able to say "Yeah, I used to have Diabetes"!
Team Garrett - Paul, Leslie, Madison and Garrett Barton
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Bill & Diane Barton & friends
Butchie & Harry
Cathy Goldman & Family
Climax Fire & Rescue
Dan & Janet
Dave, Jodi, Chelsea & Joshua Harrison
Dick and Pat Oswalt
Don and Martha Bauman
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Meyer C. Weiner/Southland Mall
Mr. Robert James
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Paul & Cori Sleeman
The Cook Family
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