Dear Wyatt's Warriors,
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in Asheville's first ever JDRF Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age. T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. It just happens when our bodies suddenly start making antibodies to fight off an infection, but those same antibodies start attacking the pancreas and cause it to stop producing insulin. People living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night.
I was diagnosed with T1D on February 22nd, 2010 when I was 4 years old. I'm now 6, soon to be 7 in November! T1D affects my life in many ways, but I refuse to let it slow me down. I wear an insulin pump 24 hours a day. I keep it in a special belt around my waist. It has some tubing that goes into a "site" which is really another piece of tubing that goes into my skin. I have to change my site every 2 to 3 days. The site changes hurt because it requires a large needle going into my skin to place the tubing. I also have to have my blood glucose checked about 8 to 10 times a day. This requires a pinprick to my fingers. I have gotten use to the fingerpricks and can even do it myself. Sometimes I even sleep through it when my parents check me while I'm sleeping. Basically, I have to check my blood glucose every time before I eat and then receive insulin from my pump for the food I eat. This helps my body get the nutrition I need.
T1D is frustrating sometimes, but I keep a great attitude. I'm just a fun loving kid who happens to have type 1 diabetes (not a diabetic who happens to be a kid). All of my extended family give me lots of love and support. My friends all know about my diabetes and my teachers at school are awesome! They all watch out for me. I am a very active and growing kid (95% for height!). I love Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming, Biking, Backpacking/Camping, and playing with my friends. I'm even thinking about learning to play guitar!
I am now asking for your support once again. Please consider joining my team and walking with my family and friends on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at the UNC Asheville Campus. Check in is at 1:00 pm and the 5K starts at 2:00 pm. If you are unable to walk consider donating to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Thank you for your love and support!
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