March 9, 2010. This is the day that changed our family's life forever. Our oldest daughter, Chloe, had not been feeling well and my husband took her to the doctor that morning. I remember feeling anxious because I knew something was not right. Then the phone rang. All I remember was my husband quietly saying "Her blood sugar is 264". Right then I knew what it meant. She had type 1 diabetes and would need insulin for the rest of her life. However this was a blessing in disguise as because of the diabetes we were able to determine Chloe also had celiac disease. The next year was a blur of learning how to properly manage our family's new lifestyle. I am very proud to say Chloe is now a happy and healthy 8 y/o little girl about to enter into 3rd grade. She attends a wonderful where all of the teachers, staff, and her peers support her in her fight against this disease. Chloe recently attended her session at Camp Sweeney. I have never been more of her as when we got to see the video of her being recognized at camp for being able to give herself her own shot for the 1st time! Everyday my husband and I are blown away at how she deals with her diabetes. She has always had the mindset since day 1 that this is no big deal and she can do it. We are proud to be her mom and dad.
We'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). The money we 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 us and donate to our Walk fundraising campaign. Your gift will make a difference for Chloe and the millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your support!
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