This is my son Lucas and his story, he is why I walk!! Will you please join me?
Hi, it’s me Lucas! Hope you all are having a great summer! I just turned 5 years old in July! Some of my favorite things to do are swim, ride my bike, rough house with my two older brothers, go to the playground, read books, and draw. I have been living and dealing with Type 1 Diabetes for over a year now. I am writing to you because, well, it’s that time of year when my family and I walk to raise money for research to find a cure for this life changing disease. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means for some reason, (Doctors aren't exactly sure why yet), but my immune system turned on my own body and destroyed all the insulin producing cells in my pancreas. Without insulin, my body cannot get nutrients from the food I eat, into my body's cells, where it can be used for energy. I will never outgrow this disease and will be completely dependent on insulin until there is a cure. Insulin is not a cure, it is my life support and I would die without it. There wasn't anything my parents could have done to prevent this from happening. Type 1 Diabetes is NOT caused by poor diet or lack of exercise. My daily routine includes finger sticks 6 to 10 times a day on my small fingertips, to check my blood sugar levels, carbohydrate counting, to figure out how much insulin I need, and I am also connected to my insulin pump 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I received my pump in December of 2012. Having the pump has made life a little more normal. I can eat things with carbohydrates more often than on shots, but every carbohydrate I eat still must be entered into the pump in order to give me the right amount of insulin. People seem to think the pump does everything for me, but that, unfortunately, is not the case. My insulin needs change frequently because I am growing and very active, which requires my parents to make changes to the settings on my pump often. The site where the insulin enters my body has to be changed every other day and can hurt a lot, it is still a needle being poked into me. When I have had an overly active day, my body burns glucose, which can cause my blood sugar to drop dangerously low. This can cause me to become unconscious, or have a seizure. My parents even have to check my blood sugar every 3 hours at night. Luckily, I have learned to sleep through these checks. Occasionally, it will be low and I will have to wake to drink juice or have a "jelly bean party" as we have come to call it. It can be hard to go back to sleep after a low blood sugar due to the fight or flight response it creates in my body. My lifespan is expected to be 15 years shorter than that of my brothers and I am at risk for long-term complications such as blindness, circulatory problems, kidney and heart disease. My family and I are walking to find a cure for me, as well as, the 3 million other Americans with Type 1 Diabetes. Will you please help support the great research funded by the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of Type 1 Diabetes. 83% of funds raised go directly to research, so that someday, and I hope soon, there will be a cure, so I can be a carefree, healthy, child again. Everyday is a balancing act between food, activity and insulin. Diabetes never takes a day or a meal off!! Thank you for taking the time to read my story. This year's walk Corporate Chair is Renown Health. If you would like to walk on my team, Lucas' Line Drivers, or donate to my team, please go to WALK.JDRF.ORG. My parents and I would be forever grateful!!
Praying for a cure!
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