Welcome to my JDRF Walk personal page! We're walking this year, along with one-half million other people across the country, as we try to reach our nationwide goal of raising $94 million.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly--we're not sure why, but it has nothing to do with what they eat or how much they exercise. Basically, when I got T1D, my body got confused, and my immune system attacked and killed the cells in my pancreas which make insulin. Now I wear a pump all the time to get insulin into my body. When I eat, I have to figure out how much insulin I need to stay healthy. I also wear a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) which tells me what my blood sugar levels are every 5 minutes, because I have never had any symptoms to tell when my sugar is low or high (without fingerstick testing). Usually, my CGM is close to right!
Some people think that with all these things I wear, that taking good care of diabetes is easy and "automatic". Unfortunately, that's not true. I still do fingerstick checks 6-10 times a day, and wonder constantly how many carbs are in what I am eating and how much insulin I need. Hopefully the research projects that JDRF is funding will make that "easy, automatic" dream come true someday! JDRF is funding more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide, and we're making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Please help! By donating to this cause, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Thank you for your support!
PS -- Check out my JDRF video on tab #3 under pictures, above! It will only work on desktop computers though...not phones :(