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  • Liam Eugene Vestal

    Liam Eugene Vestal

Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!

I'm joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure. JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.

This is a disease that I am very passionate about as it is very personal to me. If you have not already heard Liam's story, this is it.....


Liam had been sick with a viral cold but was well enough to celebrated his 3rd birthday on 10/06/13. About 4 days later we started noticing that he was annoyingly thirsty all the time and started wetting the bed. I know, he's only 3 but Liam was a very early potty trainer and hadn't wet the bed even on occasion for over 6-8 months. The bed wetting didn't stop and became increased in the number of episodes over the next few days. I started getting that uneasy gut feeling that something about this just is not right. On the 15th after ruling out that maybe I'm just being crazy and over reacting, I took his urine over to the Pediatrician. My friend ran his urine and I patiently and nervously waited for her call. And waited, and waited until I couldn't wait any longer and sent her a text message. Apparently she was waiting for the Doctor to come out of a room to tell him that it lit up like "a firecracker". Of all the years I have been a nurse, whether caring for an adult in DKA or being there when my 4 year old patient was diagnosed, I never thought that I would be on this end of the spectrum, receiving the news about my own precious, innocent, and so underserving child. I was at work at the time while standing at the Emergency Room triage desk ALL the thoughts ran through my head and all the images of people I have taken care of before with amputations, blindness, and the parents that watch their teenagers destroy their bodies because they don't want to accept this disease as their own. I am thankful for friends and family for their calming and supportive words at that time. When we got him to the Pediatricians office his blood glucose was 380 and he had a trace of ketones. We caught it early enough that he did not go into DKA. I was beyond grateful that the Lord gave me the intuition and knowledge to know something was wrong. We spent the next 3 days on the Pediatric floor obtaining education and stabilizing his blood glucose. Everyone says it can be worse. I know this. Trust me, I know this, but sitting and watching my little man go through the shots and the sticks still makes my heart ache. He is the bravest 3 year old I know, and he barely nudges when he gets his shots now. His follow up Hgb A1C is already down to 6.7 from 8.1 initially. He has a long road ahead of him, and one of the main challenges as his mom is realizing that He, my God and savior is in control and has allowed this portion, and despite how much I don't think my shoulders can bare any more weight I am slowly realizing that I don't have to because he is carrying it for me.Liams' story for JDRF..... Liam had been sick with a viral cold but was well enough to celebrated his 3rd birthday on 10/06/13. About 4 days later we started noticing that he was annoyingly thirsty all the time and started wetting the bed. I know, he's only 3 but Liam was a very early potty trainer and hadn't wet the bed even on occasion for over 6-8 months. The bed wetting didn't stop and became increased in the number of episodes over the next few days. I started getting that uneasy gut feeling that something about this just is not right. On the 15th after ruling out that maybe I'm just being crazy and over reacting, I took his urine over to the Pediatrician. My friend ran his urine and I patiently and nervously waited for her call. And waited, and waited until I couldn't wait any longer and sent her a text message. Apparently she was waiting for the Doctor to come out of a room to tell him that it lit up like "a firecracker". Of all the years I have been a nurse, whether caring for an adult in DKA or being there when my 4 year old patient was diagnosed, I never thought that I would be on this end of the spectrum, receiving the news about my own precious, innocent, and so underserving child. I was at work at the time while standing at the Emergency Room triage desk ALL the thoughts ran through my head and all the images of people I have taken care of before with amputations, blindness, and the parents that watch their teenagers destroy their bodies because they don't want to accept this disease as their own. I am thankful for friends and family for their calming and supportive words at that time. When we got him to the Pediatricians office his blood glucose was 380 and he had a trace of ketones. We caught it early enough that he did not go into DKA. I was beyond grateful that the Lord gave me the intuition and knowledge to know something was wrong. We spent the next 3 days on the Pediatric floor obtaining education and stabilizing his blood glucose. Everyone says it can be worse. I know this. Trust me, I know this, but sitting and watching my little man go through the shots and the sticks still makes my heart ache. He is the bravest 3 year old I know, and he barely nudges when he gets his shots now. His follow up Hgb A1C is already down to 6.7 from 8.1 initially. He has a long road ahead of him, and one of the main challenges as his mom is realizing that He, my God and savior is in control and has allowed this portion, and despite how much I don't think my shoulders can bare any more weight I am slowly realizing that I don't have to because he is carrying it for me.

 


Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.

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WALK DETAILS

Date and time

May 3, 2014
Registration: 8:30 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 2.5 miles

Location

Drury University
900 N. Benton
Springfield, MO 65802

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CONTACT

Jennifer Cotner-Jones

jcotner-jones@jdrf.org
(417) 559-9122

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