Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
My personal story goes something like this: I was first diagnosed with gestational diabetes when pregnant with my son in 2010. My blood sugars were controlled during the pregnancy with pills; it acted more like Type 2 diabetes. About three months after my son was born, I began to drop weight without trying. In a matter of less than three months after that, I dropped over 30 pounds. When I was diagnosed with type 1, on March 1, 2011, I weighed 111 pounds. I am 5'7". The day I went to the doctor, my fasting blood sugar (FBS) was 491. My hemoglobin A1C test at my diganosis revealed my number as 15.5. That shows an average daily blood sugar of over 600 every day for the two months prior to the test. By comparision, the "correct" A1C number for a non-diabetic is 6.0 or below.
I began taking insulin a week after my diagnosis. A little over two years later, I am still learning how to store and use my basal and my sliding-scale insulins. I have to take a minimum of 3 injections a day and sometimes as many as 5 or 6. Until recently, I have had no medical insurance. I am so thankful to the local indigent medical clinic for diagnosing me, offering diabetes education classes (where you learn to read those horrible nutrition labels), and providing my insulin at low or no cost based on my income. At 29, I was fairly "old" to be diagnosed with type 1. I am now 31 and so far have no neuropathy or permanent damage as a result of the diabetes, but my father, my aunt and my grandfather, all diabetics, suffer or suffered from severe neuropathy and/or retinopathy (damage to eye nerves). This is why I know I need to take care of my sugars today.
So, I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
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David & Donna