Dear Family and Friends,
As most of you know, I have type 1 diabetes. This fact surprises many people, which is understandable because this disease isn’t very noticable. Most people don’t learn until they see me give myself insulin or check my blood sugar. Diabetes is a condition that is surrounded by many misconceptions, which makes it hard for those who don’t know about it to care. They hear about type 2 diabetes in documentaries about fast food and obesity, and they think it is “the fat disease.” Since a typical type 1 diabetic does not look sick, it is common for people to believe that it is not a serious illness.
From the moment I was diagnosed at the age of two, my day has followed a pattern. If I deviate from this pattern I face severe consequences. On average I give myself about 10 insulin shots a day, and check my blood sugar about 6 times a day. If I don’t give myself enough insulin, my blood sugar goes high and I feel thirsty and nauseated, my tongue feels heavy and my head aches. If I give myself too much insulin, my blood sugar goes low, a very painful reaction which makes my vision blur, my hands shake, my words slur, and my emotions become very unstable. If my blood sugar goes too low, it could ultimately result in a seizure, coma, and eventually death.
Those are threats I have to face and try to prevent every day. Everything can be going right and one mistake can send the whole system toppling. But these are only daily menaces. Long term concerns include blindness, amputations, and kidney failures. Each day I am constantly aware that any mistake could be my last.
However, like in Pandora’s fabled box, amidst all these horrible trepidations, there is hope. I hope that one day a cure will be found so this dreaded disease afflicting so many children in the world will cease, and until new advancements to the existing technology that makes living with diabetes just a little easier can be made.
So join me on this year's Walk to Cure Diabetes and/or consider sponsoring me on this website.