Once again, our family will be participating in the JDRF “Walk to Cure Diabetes” on October 5th at Shelby Farms. Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. People often don’t realize that type 1 diabetes is not due to lifestyle choices. It is an autoimmune disease that damages the islet cells in the pancreas which shuts down the body’s ability to produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes are insulin dependent for life. Our son, Nathan, was diagnosed with type 1 when he was five years old.
Nathan is now 12 years old and in 7th grade. For those of you that don’t know him or haven’t seen him in a while, he’s a sweet, smart, and goofy little guy. He loves playing his bass clarinet at school and in church. He also takes Tae Kwon Do and will be testing for his yellow advance belt soon, as well as, participating in a tournament in a week or so. This will be his first tournament and he’s really excited about it. He likes to read, sketch, and truth be told, spends waaaaay too much time playing electronic games. We’re working on that one. LOL
While Nathan is a happy, healthy young man, we long for the day that he can wake up without having to check his blood sugar and continue to do so 8-10 times a day; a day that he can eat when he’s hungry instead of working around blood sugar readings; a night when he can sleep all night long without fear of drastic blood sugar highs and lows that can put him in the hospital; a day when he doesn’t have to depend on an insulin pump for survival. We pray every day that he never has complications from his diabetes such as kidney and heart disease. Eye and nerve damage are also big concerns.
Fundraising gets us that much closer to a cure and we're asking for your help. Please know that we appreciate every cent donated and every prayer said for Nathan.
Tim & Leda Massey
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