Dear Friends and Family,
This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes in Memphis again, along with one-half million other walkers across the country. I will be walking on October 5, 2013 with my team LAPZ FOR LIZ.
It has been almost 4 years since I was first diagnosed with T1 Diabetes. Living with Type 1 diabetes means the cells in my pancreas that make insulin were either destroyed or don't make enough insulin anymore. Insulin helps get glucose out of my blood and into the cells, where it's used for energy. This helps to keep my blood sugar levels under control. I receive my insulin via a pump. The pump provides continuous low-dose amounts of insulin 24 hours a day. It also provides the extra insulin I need for the foods I eat. Diabetes is a condition that I manage with insulin, but insulin can't cure it.
I have learned how to take care of my health and control my diabetes through diabetes education, the care of doctors, the support of organizations (like JDRF), and friends and family. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
I am continuously overwhelmed by all of the generous support that everyone has given me and JDRF over the past four years. Please continue to contribute to JDRF and support their efforts to find a cure. There are currently over 3 million people living with type 1 diabetes (and 15% of those are kids). Every donation is appreciated. Together, we can make the cure a reality!
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