Hello everyone, my name is Michael Sharp, I'm 5 years old and I have Type 1 diabetes. Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Back on March 22,2012 my parents suspected something was wrong. I just wasn't myself and I wasn't feeling well. My Mommy took me to the pediatrician and he instructed us to go to Children's Hospital in Dallas. So, we went home, packed a few things (my puppy...a stuffed one) and we headed to the hospital. I still remember that day very well. I talk about it often. I was scared and I think my Mommy and Daddy were scared too. However, I knew I was safe and they stayed with me the whole time. My blood sugar level was almost 600 that day. Yes, that's high! Very high! So we knew at that point that my pancreas was having a hard time functioning on it's own. The medical team at Children's were amazing! They taught my parents and I so much in three days!
Now, I'm 5 (I had turned 4 just 3 months before I was diagnosed) and I'm kicking this auto-immune disease called "Type 1 Diabetes" in the behind! (Mom says I can only say "behind" or "booty"). I'm proud to report that I am doing very well and you want to know the best news? My twin sister and I are starting school in just a few more weeks! Yup, I'm taking diabetes to school with me! My sister and my teachers and all my new friends are going to help me along this new journey. I'm very excited!
I'm still taking injections, 4 each day (sometimes 5). I'm not on a pump yet but my parents are keeping up with things and they tell me there are some very cool new pumps and CGMs (continuous glucose monitors) on the horizon. I'm actually okay with getting injections. It's not so bad, but sometimes it does burn. I do still cry sometimes but not very much. I'm a really brave boy and I know the medicine keeps me healthy. I even remind Mommy & Daddy when they try to feed me a meal and they haven't given me my shot yet. I know so much now about diabetes. Before you know it I'll be doing this whole routine myself. Oh, and I also know how many carbs I can have and how to count the carbs in some of the different foods that I like to eat...pretty impressive, huh?
So with all that said, I'll be taking part in this year's Walk to raise funds for the millions of people like me living with and affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). 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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