My Daughter Maci was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 7-14-2011. Diagnosis came about when Maci was constantly urinating and extremely thirsty all the time. Talking to my sister-in-law about this and she said that is a sign for Diabetes. She knew this because her son goes to school with a young boy that is Type 1 Diabetic. We both laughed it off agreeing it proabably wasn't that. The next day after doing some research my concern began to grow. Calling the doctor and expressing my concerns they said to bring in a urine sample. My husband came home from work so we could get this to the doctor - He decided to stay home with our youngest while Maci and I went to the doctor. We were so doubtful that this could be Diabetes. It wasn't long after getting to the doctor's office we were put in a room to wait for the doctor. I should have known then. He came in and said she in fact has Diabetes and we were gonna be on our way to Buffalo Children's Hospital. We came home and cried and cried. It was such a shock. It felt like a death sentence not knowing anything about this disease except that a close older friend of ours was blind and kidney's failed from this disease. It was a very quiet trip to Buffalo (a hour drive) it was soo sobering that we were going through this. That weekend was full of lots of explaining and training on how to manage this disease. Also we were given soo much hope also. By learning about Type 1 we realized it wasn't a "death sentence" after all! I am very Thankful we caught it early before she got very sick. We are managing this disease in our everyday life with 5-10 finger pricks a day to get her blood glucose levels and 5+ shots of Insulin a day. Maci is amazing and she takes it all so well! We love her with all our hearts and are soo proud of her for dealing with this from day to day.
We'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can make the cure a reality! Join or Donate to Team Maci!
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