My name is Patti. I am 25 years old, and I have had type one diabetes since I was 3. It has never been easy dealing with this disease. I am sure I have just about as many horror stories as the next diabetic when it comes to highs and lows, but thats not why I'm on here today. I am on here today because I choose to live in the present time. Just for today I want to be a good diabetic, a good person and take care of myself the way I should. I want to support myself. For years I have felt alone in this disease, I've cried woe is me, and I'm so unlucky. Well, there is always going to be someone who has it better, and there will always be someone who has it worse. I need to be my own support first before I can find others who will have my back and join me. So the reason I am walking this year is to prove that I can do this, one day at a time. I am not going to die at 25, I'm going to live til I'm old and gray in my rocking chair singing sweet songs to my grandchildren. The walk is about empowerment, to know that others, friends, family, co-workers are all there for me and want to help me out as well. This walk is about knowing that for once in my life I am not alone, and that even though I'm slightly different from everyone else, I am still loved. I'm tired of feeling like, "if only I was normal." Pfffttt whatever!!! The only thing that is normal in this world is a cycle on the washing machine.... :D
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