Its me, Shawn, and its that time of year again for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. I will be walking with my mom and dad at the Empire State Casino at Yonkers Raceway on October 6, 2013. I would love if you would join us at the walk. If you can't make it please consider making a donation.
In case you not familiar with my story, here it is:
I am almost a 4-year-old boy who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 17 months. It all started the evening of Mother’s Day when I was out for dinner with my parents, I was drinking so much water and didn’t want to eat anything which is unusually for me. That night I kept waking up every hour for something to drink and peeing through diapers, mom took my temperature and it was high. She called the pediatrician and explained everything and she said to come in early the next morning. She checked me and then wanted to do a urine test and tested my blood sugar which came back over 575. I was then taken to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center where they took some more tests to be sure and yes I was then diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The woman from the center than took me, mom and dad along with nana across to Columbia-Presbyterian where I had to stay in the hospital for four days.
Even though I have diabetes, I still look and act like a normal little boy or silly boy like mommy calls me. I enjoy playing with cars, trucks, and transformers. I enjoy going to the park and the zoo whenever mom and dad takes me or poppop--he also takes me to see the trains and buses.
Type 1 diabetes is tough, especially when you’re so little - everyday, I get my fingers poked at least 7 times and I wear insulin pump which administrates the insulin dosage.
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease – not only do I need to check my blood sugar during the day, mom and dad also get up at least once a night at around 1 AM to check my blood sugar while I am fast asleep and give me carbs or insulin, if needed (there are nights where they get up as many as 2 times). They are truly amazing parents.
Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured and that’s why we walk every year to raise money to go to fund research that can lead to breakthrough cures/treatments for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
If you cannot walk with us, you can help by making a tax free donation to our team.
* Donate online- www.jdrf.org donate to a walker: Shawn Stoll donate to a team: Shawn’s Soldiers
* Mail a donation: Please private message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook and I'll send you my address.
Thank you so much and I hope to see you on walk day!
Shawn Stoll xoxoxoxo
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