Hello! This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
Here is my story...I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes on February 4, 1997, two months before my tenth birthday. Prior to the official diagnosis, I was sent to Saint Louis Children's Hospital for further testing. I will never forget my mom telling me not to even sit on the bed there, because she did not foresee us staying for very long. Little did I know that my entire world would change in a matter of minutes. After being in the intensive care unit for three days, I gained and took away more knowledge that I could comprehend, but knew that I was being prepared for what I would face every day for the rest of my life. I started off taking insulin shots 2-3 times a day, but switched to the Minimed paradigm insulin pump after about three years. Also, I participated in intensive studies and attended Camp EDI as a child. Both of these activities helped me to better understand my disease and keep tighter control of it. In fact, at EDI, I learned how to give myself an insulin shot for the first time, which was quite an ordeal at that young age. Currently, I am on the Omnipod insulin pump, and could not be happier with the decision I made to transition to this incredible wireless technology.
In the past 16 years since diagnosis, I have not (*knock on wood*) passed out, had a seizure, or had any complications as a result. My biggest support and stepping stone in dealing with the reality that I wish was a dream is my mom. Whether it be writing down every single item of food I eat or logging every single blood sugar taken eight times a day, she has pushed me to be strict and dedicated to making my health and well-being number 1!!!! I could not feel more blessed to have the support and love of my family and friends throughout all of this. Today, I am asking for continued support and fundraising for JDRF, which is our only hope for a cure. Please help me to reach my fundraising goal, in whatever way is possible. I would greatly appreciate any time, money, or donation that you are able to contribute. Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing everyone at the walk!!!!
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