Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Many of you already know, and for those of you who don't, I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic in October of 2010 as a Senior at Villanova University. Right before my diagnosis, I had lost almost 30 pounds over the previous few months, I was constantly thirsty, and I was using the restroom an extraordinary amount of times during the day and night. When I told my Mom of these symptoms, she informed me that these were common symptoms of diabetes and that I should get my sugar checked the next time "you aren't feeling like yourself." Sure enough, a few days later I wasn't feeling myself after a big pasta dinner washed down with a few coca-colas so I went to the campus health center and told them my Mom thought I should get my sugar checked. The nurses at first laughed it off, but when their glucometers came back with a reading over 600 mg/dl they quickly found out my Mom knew what she was talking about! I was taken to the local hospital that evening and was admitted until they were able to stabilize my blood sugar.
The seriousness of the situation did not set until I heard the dreadful words from the Doctor after some blood tests came back that I was in fact being diagnosed with T1D. At first I was confused. I asked, "Why me? What did I do wrong? How is this going to affect me?" I was told that T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age, and that there was nothing I could have done to prevent it. I also quickly learned that it was going to affect almost every bit of my daily lifestyle from my diet, to my daily activities, to pricking my finger 6 or more times a day in order to test my blood sugar.
After my diagnosis, I was flooded with an overwhelming support from family, friends, and medical professionals that told me I wasn't going to be in the fight alone. They helped me through the highs and lows of living with T1D (pun intended) and got me back to feeling normal again. I have by no means been a "poster-child" of T1D's since my diagnosis, but I have been blessed with great family and friends and some great medical resources that allow me to live as close to a normal life as I can.
I am asking for your support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as I am taking part in their annual Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D. As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for the millions of people living with type 1 diabetes, ESPECIALLY those who have not been blessed with the access to the education, resources, and medicine that I have been so fortunate to have during my first few years as a type 1 diabetic.
Thank you for your support!
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George and Kathleen Finnerty
Mr. Joseph C Finnerty