Our Story: October 10th 2012, you get woken up in the middle of a deep sleep and your wife heavy with breath say you are needed down stair because your daughter who was laid up sick for the last day with a stomach bug was complaining about right stomach pain. You rush down the stairs and your heart rate increases as your concern does, is this appendicitis? is it Gallbladder or maybe just a UTI. Your daughter who is 11 years old is riving in pain on the couch and you know you'll be leaving for a hospital visit. You try and comfort her as she rives in pain while your wife gets ready to leave and then it's your turn.
You drive frantically to the ER, and the only relief is that you'll be there soon and the condition will be taken care of by the professionals inside! You carry her in as she moans and begs for pain relief, and while you are being checked in you just want to get her help. They put her in a bed and start to take her vitals and then..........in seconds your world changes and more importantly hers has forever.
It feels like you were running in an open field and out of no where your legs are removed and you fall to the ground. I can't explain it verbally when your told your daughter in DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis), has T1D and you will need to be taken by an ICU Ambulance to a Children's Hospital!
Today almost a year later things are amazingly different, Alex is on a Pump and our lifestyle has changes dramatically. We have less guilt for missing the warning signs, she has less stress over the daily needles and testing. We have less stress planning our meals and she's no eating a larger variety of items to keep down her Carbohydrate count. Our life is different and amazingly more focused on the everyday trials and tribulations of T1D. And that's why I'm walking with JDRF on October 27, 2013 - to help JDRF fund research that will progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until it is no longer a threat to anyone. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to fight T1D.
My Daughter (also know as : "Alex the Brave") has become my hero for taking on the condition with strength and confidence. She rarely complains; and everything and activity she has done in the past she does today, with the same vigor and tenacity as in the past. She continues to be strong, but someday we pray she won't have to live an affected lifestyle due to T1D!
The onset of T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. At present, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. People with T1D must manage the disease by injecting or pumping insulin several times a day, every day. But insulin is not a cure and it does not prevent the possibility of serious complications like kidney failure, blindness, and stroke..
Please help us by visiting my personal fundraising page. From there, you can support me directly, or join my team and become a fundraiser. Helping the 3 million Americans that have T1D has never been simpler.
I want you to know that JDRF uses your gift with great fiscal care. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. Past JDRF research efforts have helped to significantly improve the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.
We greatly appreciate your consideration and support of this worthy cause. Even if you can't join us at the Walk, we appreciate any and all donations made to our fundraising efforts for JDRF.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Very truly yours,
Christopher V. Bove
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