Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'm raising money for JDRF to support all of the children, teenagers, and adults affected by Type 1 Diabetes, as well as their loved ones. Please help us to fund research into better treatment options. Better treatment equals better quality of life, better survival rates, and reduced long-term complications.
My personal experience with Type 1 began at the end of last year with strange overwhelming fatigue and heart palpitations. It was not clear what was causing my symptoms. I grew weaker as the months dragged on. I lost a lot of weight. The vision in my right eye deteriorated from close to normal to 20/200 over a couple of weeks. I just plain felt terrible. It was a chore to function everyday. I was frightened by my symptoms.
Then, in late March 2013, I hit a crisis point. I was extremely sick for two days, so sick in fact that my husband had to take me to the emergency room. At the ER, I was shocked to learn that I had a dangerously high blood sugar, and had been having dangerously high blood sugars for at least three months. I had finally developed Diabetic Ketoacidosis, a life-threatening complication of untreated Type 1 Diabetes. My electrolytes were also dangerously imbalanced. I would come to find that this illness had affected practically every organ and system in my body.
Test results revealed that I produced no insulin whatsoever. An endocrinologist explained to me that my immune system killed the cells in my pancreas that produce insulin, and that these cells will never regenerate. I was plunged very quickly into the deep end of diabetes management. I have to check my blood sugar at least 4, but usually 6 times a day, since my body no longer has any means to prevent glucose from building up in my system. My body also no longer produces the hormone that would prevent low blood sugar. So I now have to think like a pancreas at all times. I take insulin injections 4-5 times a day.
I am slowly recovering and regaining my normal level of functioning. It is the hardest work I've ever done. It is an endless task of monitoring blood sugar, and eating the right amounts of food to work with the dosage of insulin that I take. Miscalculations in the food to insulin ratio leads to either high or low blood sugar. It is easy to miscalculate.
However, I'm learning so much about food, anatomy, and how my body reacts to different foods and insulin. I'm now getting things right more often than not. I'm so much stronger. I feel wonderful! And I intend to live a long and healthy life with diabetes!
Thank you for your support!
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