Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Hi everyone! My name is Jordan Hendershot and I am 21 years old and I am participating in the 2013 JDRF walk in North Canton, Ohio in September. This is my first year participating and I am very excited to start getting involved in this organization.
I was diagnosed with diabetes in September of 2012. I had common symptoms such as weight loss, constant thirst and needing to go to the bathroom. At first I did not think anything of it, but when it had been reoccurring for many months, I knew something wasn?t right. I went to my family doctor for a check-up because I had no feeling in my left thumb. Little did I know, I received a blood work order that same day, and two days later I got the call from my doctor telling me that my A1C was a 13.3. For those of you not familiar with diabetes jargon, 13.3 isn?t good. My doctor then told me that the numbness in my thumb was more than likely another symptom of diabetes.
At my next appointment I was completely overwhelmed. I was given a blood glucose meter, and a million pamphlets explaining everything I needed to know. From the beginning of all of this, they assumed that I was type 2 diabetic, so they had me change my diet and put me on three medications, but nothing seemed to change. I questioned that from the beginning and asked if there was any way for me to determine what type I was and that?s when I needed more blood work. It turns out that I was in fact type 1 diabetic and needed a lot of new gadgets such as; and insulin pen, needles and a lot more test strips for my meter.
This was all getting very expensive and it made me feel awful for my parents. Thankfully I went through a Diabetes Education program through St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio and they informed me of a program I would be eligible for to get free test strips and needles. Through that program I learned a lot and got a great handle on my diet. It wasn?t until these classes that I started questioning how my family doctor was handling my new diagnosis. When I had asked him prior about an Endocrinologist, he said that he didn?t think it was necessary and that he could handle it. Well he was wrong.
In January I got a referral to see an Endocrinologist in Canton, Ohio. It was the best decision of my life. When I went for my first appointment, he informed me that I needed to be on another type of insulin to help my meal time sugar and I was on three medications that I didn?t even need. He told me that my family doctor was treating me as if I was a T2D and I needed a lot more care than that. I am now seeing my Endocrinologist regularly and things have been going well. This summer I will more than likely get put on a pump because of my active lifestyle. I have to inject myself with an insulin pen 4 times a day and this is very inconvenient for me because I am rarely home, meaning that I had to poke myself with a needle anywhere I may be.
I have had great support from my family, fiancé and friends through this process and I cannot wait for them to help me participate in this great cause! It would mean the world to me if I can raise any amount of money to help this awesome organization! Anything can help in the fight to find a cure for T1D.
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