Walking won’t cure diabetes, but the funds raised by walkers will support research projects that will.
In eight short weeks we will be on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps ready to WALK!
Our Family walks each year with our hearts on our sleeve. We love our daughter Sharon who has lived for more than 37 years with daily insulin requirements that make her life more structured than it seems possible. She doesn’t get a day off for a vacation, not a day off for a power outage, a crying baby who needs her mommy to hold and comfort her. She doesn’t get a day off for Labor Day, for Rosh Hashanah, or for a bad headache when you want to stay in bed all day.
She must test her blood sugar, make sure the insulin cartridge is always full on her insulin pump, and that she has emergency supplies ready at any given moment., Managing all of her prescriptions for insulin, test strips, emergency glucagon, the reservoirs and infusion sets for her insulin pump and the continuous glucose monitor is never ending. The fear that a natural disaster or other disruption could make supplies unavailable for long periods of time are an extra challenge both logistically and emotionally.
All the while she continues to hope that no more children will be diagnosed with diabetes, and that the good luck she has had with her health continues and that her own children remain nothing more than control subjects (non-diabetic) in the various studies they are participating in that will hopefully shed light on what does and doesn’t trigger the onset of type 1 diabetes.
The internet has done amazing things for the world of diabetes support and education, and has connected her with friends all over the world who live with the same constant awareness of their insulin needs, carb counting, trying to predict the changes caused by new meds and hormonal fluctuations. Its opened her eyes to how lucky she has been so far.
Going on a car ride? She has to know where her blood sugar is before stepping into the car, and be prepared for traffic jams with extra food for the kids, but mostly with sugar and backup supplies for herself. If Mommy is not driving under excellent blood sugar control then the family is threatened and unstable.
Her older daughter Miriam knows how to help mommy if she ever doesn’t wake up, isn’t making sense or just asks for help and has already shown how capable she is by calling her MiMi when she was just 5 years old and Sharon had taken too much insulin and was afraid of what might happen if she couldn’t eat enough quickly enough to keep her conscious. All worked out that time, but the fear is always there and we wish this kind of responsibility didn’t have to be put on the children.
Please open your hearths and checkbooks to help us again fund research to find ways to make life with diabetes easier and help the researchers working towards a cure continue their research. If we cannot fund them, they cannot work for us to find the ultimate cure. Our “Bubby’s Dream Team goal this year is $10,000. Please help us reach this!
Janis, David, Sharon and Joe Pennock and Miriam and Madeline.
Here is the link to our Walk Page – please click to donate or send a check to JDRF to my home address – 540 Putnam Rd, Merion, PA 19066
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