Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Here's my story. I was diagnosed at the age of 11, 8 years ago. Before being diagnosed I lost a total of 40 pounds in two weeks, drank about 3-4 gallons of water a day, and slept for long period during the day. When I was told I was diagnosed I wasn't really sure what was going on or anything about it. It took weeks for my to get the hang of things and years to accept this change in my life. In the first couple of years my daily routine was checking my blood sugar with a finger prick tester about 3-4 times a day and then manually giving myself 5 shots of insulin a day. Things got more difficult as I continued and the manual injections weren't enough, that's when I got put on the insulin pump. The pump is a machine, the size of a pager, that is clipped next to my hip that I have to wear day and night, as it's pumping insulin into me through a tube connected to my stomach. It makes life, for me, more flexible and takes a lot of work off my hands. I have gone through one and I am now on my second one. Even though it was easier, emotionally I wasn't accepting living with diabetes as easy. In high school I went through denial and depression because of my chronic illness, and I had to see many different doctors and what seemed endless appointments with them. I went into therapy after debating for years if I wanted to go. Turns out it's just what I needed. To talk and realize diabetes doesn't define me and I can't let a bump in the road stop me from enjoying life. I am now currently at my best I have ever been. My 12 year old sister, Violet, has also been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 6 months ago. It was very unexpected since she was being taken to tests to stop the three antibodies that develops diabetes. Unfortunately, time beat us to it. She was about to be in her last phase of the test to see if she was going to be taking medication to stop the antibody, but before her appointment we got the call that the antibody developed and caused her blood sugars to spike. My family & I were told to take her to the UCDavis childrens hospital, where she was taken care of by one of the best doctors and nurses I have ever encountered. She stayed over night as the doctors watched her blood sugars, and taught her and my family the basics of living with diabetes, from counting carbs, adujusting insulin dosages, and taking manual injections of insulin. Today, she is slowly accepting and getting used to her new daily routine. I'm glad she knows, that she isn't alone in this and that I am right by here side, as we are both in the fight together. We are each others support team and we help each other every day, especially on the bad days. She is doing amazing taking care of her diabetes and eating healthy. It's not the easiest thing to deal with, and I am proud just by watching how well she's learning everything.
I want to share my story and show people with Type 1 Diabetes, just like my little 12 year old sister, that living with diabetes is not the end of the world and even when you are at your worst and you feel you have no hope left to go on, you are the only person strong enough to get up and show diabetes who is in charge.
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
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Ms. Mena Isabel Prado