As you may know, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when I was 14. While I live with this disease every day, I have come to realize that it can be even more difficult during times of transition. Several years ago, I left the safety net of my parents and the rest of my amazing family, my friends, and my high school and came to college. Now, as I prepare to graduation from the University of the Sciences and continue the rest of my life, I once again have to leave my safety net of friends and the amazing faculty and staff members who helped me through these years.
I was fortunate in my transition to college ? I chose a school of future pharmacists, physicians, and other health care professionals who were interested in and willing to learn what it took to deal with T1D and keep me as safe and healthy as possible, and many faculty members who have at least a basic idea of what to look for. However, as I ready myself to leave this new safety net, I realize how lucky I was in finding those friends. Not all college students have this advantage, and must worry about whether anyone will recognize the symptom of a blood sugar that is too high or too low, whether there will be someone around who knows how to help. I dream of a cure not only for myself, but for the millions of other people living with T1D; and especially for the college students who do not have the incredible support I have experienced.
This year, my family and I will be participating under the team name, the K-Krew, for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 28.
With the help of you ?our friends and family-- we are raising money to go towards research to find a cure, better treatments, and prevention. We would love your help in making this dream of a life without diabetes a reality.
Here are a few ways you can help:
3. You can forward this letter to your family and friends to help us raise money to help find a cure, better treatments, and prevention for T1D.
You can both donate and register for a walk by clicking on the following link: http://www2.jdrf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_homepage and searching our team name or my name.
As always, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I would appreciate it if you could keep me in yours as well, especially during this time of transition.
Thank you so much for your support?it means the world to me, as it does to everyone else living with T1D.
All my best,
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