"Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF fund critical research to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until no one has to fear developing the disease.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research and the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. This science is complex and costly, and every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
Please support me and donate to my Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible today?
Thank you for your support!"
That's the basic description of both JDRF and Type 1 Diabetes. However, T1D is so much more than that. T1D is a lifestyle. T1D is a lifelong struggle. T1D is sometimes overwhelming. And worst of all, sometimes, T1D seems to only effect you.
T1D is all of these things, but I've found that T1D is so much more. T1D is an opportunity; an opportunity to teach, to share, and to encourage. T1D is a perspective. Most importantly, I find that T1D is a platform. T1D gives me purpose, and a drive to better my world and encourage others around me who struggle with some of the same things I do.
I was diagnosed rather recently, on May 29, 2013. I had graduated high school as the Valedictorian of my class only 5 days prior. I was on top of world, and all of a sudden, my world seemed to be crashing down around me. I was sent to the Emergency Room at Vanderbilt University on May 30 because my primary care physician thought I was experiencing DKA. For those of you that don't know, DKA, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, is a condition when your body can't process the sugar in your blood, so it burns fat to gain energy, and the by-product of this is Ketones. When ketones accumulate in your blood, the acidity of your blood is affected, which can be a life or death situation.
I was down for several weeks about my condition. Why had this happened to me? Why now, when I'm fixing to experience a major change in my life with the beginning of my college career?
Sometimes, you just have to accept what is going on and roll with it. It took a little while, but I got there. I realized that God is going to use this condition to give me a Platform to glorify his kingdom. My hope and strength is found in my relationship with Christ, and a future kingdom awaiting me gives me hope to get through my daily struggles. Paul, in Romans 8:18, says, "I believe that the present suffering is nothing compared to the coming glory that will be revealed to us." This has become my comfort and strength verse over the last few months, and I hope that it will bring comfort to you as well.
T1D is not the end all. It's manageable, and one day, I know it will be curable. As a Cell and Molecular Biology major with a Pre-med focus at Union University, I hope to do undergraduate research involving Diabetes to hopefully help advance the search for a cure. For now though, I need your assistance to help JDRF.
Change your perspective. Look for a platform. Understand that you can take an active role in helping encourage thousands of people living with Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you in advance for your interest in JDRF, and I hope that you will use my story to further the public's understanding of the challenges of Type 1 Diabetes.
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Mr. David Taylor
Taylors Chapel UMC
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