My name is Abigail, and I have been the leader of Abigail's Army for five years. The JDRF walk means a lot to me because at the age of five I was diagnosed with type one (Juvenile) diabetes. My parents never thought my immune system would turn on itself. Every day I have to constantly count and measure what I eat and drink, test my blood sugar multiple times a day, and along with that comes many shots. Living with diabetes is stressful and I no longer live a carefree life.
Unless you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it’s hard to imagine the daily vigilance that is required to manage the disease. In the United States, every 30 seconds a child is diagnosed with this diabetes. This disease has affected 26 million Americans today and 7 of the 26 millions of people have no idea they are being affected by diabetes. Only 5% of diagnosed diabetics are... type 1, this means our pancreas cannot make enough insulin for our body to function, therefore, we have to depend on insulin injections to help us out. I am lucky my parents,family members, and doctors caught my case at such a young age. I was also lucky enough to have a aunt, also living with diabetes, there for support whenever I needed/need it. I never really thanked my family for everything they have done for me while struggling on a day to day basis. They know its hard, and they know my pain. Without them it would make life a lot harder. I'm so blessed to have a family that cares about my health,my life, and my heart. It's a struggle and is emotionally and physically draining everyday. I have been living with diabetes for 15 years and even though it is a struggle I keep hope, that one day, there will be a cure. Please help my wish come true, and join my team in this years walk on October 6th at Forest Park, St. Louis, MO. Please send this link to all your family and friends for donations!!
I have made this video to also help others understand how big of an impact this disease is on myself, family, and friends! http://youtu.be/023qiDX_eF0
Thanks for all your support!
Abigail Schmitt (Team Captain)