On Sunday, October 2, 2011 we will participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. This will be the 8th walk that we have attended since Ryan?s diagnosis when she was just 3 years old.
Ryan has had some positive changes this year. She finally decided to try the insulin pump for her diabetes management. Now she is hooked up to a pump that delivers the insulin her body needs after we check her blood sugar and count the carbohydrates that she consumes. Although this has made her diabetes management easier, it still requires constant attention. The pump stays connected to her body 24 hours a day. We still have to poke her fingers and check her blood sugar up to 10 times daily. Also, we have to maintain her pump ?site? (the spot that stays within her body to deliver insulin) very carefully to make sure that it doesn?t work its way out. Although this is a great advancement in her care it brings a lot of knowledge and patience to maintain the ?machine?.
Ryan will be turning 11 soon and at each birthday, Ryan looks over at us as she is blowing out her candles and asks, "Know what I'm wishing for?" We reply, "Yep, we know." We know what her wish is, as it is our wish too! Every wish we wish, every dream we dream, and every prayer we pray is the same, to cure her diabetes.
Ryan is our hero. She wakes up every day so full of energy. Even though she has to endure countless finger pokes to check her blood sugar, and take insulin with EVERY meal and snack, she always stays so strong. We don?t know how she does it. All we know is that we will do whatever it takes to keep our daughter healthy. Ryan?s diabetes will NEVER go away. She will not grow out of it. It will not get better. Ryan will have to take insulin to regulate her blood sugar for the rest of her life unless a cure is discovered. Our hope for a cure for diabetes comes from the support that we receive from friends and family. The donations and the offers to walk with us make such a difference. Without hope for the future we have nothing. INSULIN is not a cure, it is merely life support. There are three ways you can help us make a difference for Ryan and for everyone living with diabetes.
You can also donate online at http://walk.jdrf.org. Just go to ?Support a Walker? and enter Allison Family-Ryan?s Hope.
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