Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
As most of you know, our youngest daughter, Catrina, was diagnosed August 13, 2008 with type 1 diabetes (T1D). For those of you who have never encountered this dreaded disease, it is nothing like type 2 diabetes. Catrina did nothing to get this disease and it had nothing to do with what she ate or her activity level. T1D cannot be helped by eating right or exercising (in the long run). If Catrina only ate vegetables and exercised every hour of every day, she would still die from high blood sugar. Currently there is no cure. The way she lives is from a continuous flow of insulin through her insulin pump.
Since Catrina's diagnosis, I have not slept more than six hours straight throughout the night except a few times. You see, the body's natural blood sugar low happens around 3 a.m. Before she wore a continuous blood glucose monitor system (CGMS), I was checking her at 1 a.m., 3 a.m., etc. to either give her an additional insulin dose if her sugar was over 200, or give her juice to correct a low and keep her from going into a coma, then checking her every 15 minutes (and giving her more food) until she was at a safe level. Don't feel sorry for me, we feel blessed she is our daughter. This is just the card we have been dealt and it makes us strong.
What I do want is a cure. Catrina deserves to live a life like other 16 year olds. She deserves to sleep through a night without having to be stuck over and over again. She usually sleeps through it, but let's be realistic, how would it affect you or your child living with interrupted sleep for over five years? Why not just deal with it the next day, you ask? Because Catrina's friend Lindsi died after a low overnight blood sugar three years ago. Two weeks ago would have been her 16th birthday.
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), like Catrina. 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!
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