Please join my team, Walk With "ME" For DIabetes in the JDRF walk on September 28th at Victory Plaza in Dallas at 9am-noon (or however long you can stay) to help find a cure for diabetes.
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 9 yrs old, on November 7th, 2011: less than 2 years ago. My mom and dad noticed I was losing too much weight and took me to the doctors. They did blood work and found out I had Type 1 diabetes. I spent 3 days at Children’s Hospital. Until August 2012, I had been taking 4 shots of insulin a day (that’s 112 shots a month), and I still check my glucose levels with a finger prick 4-6 times a day or more.
When I was first diagnosed, I cried because my life changed so much. But, then I realized, it could have been worse and actually, I was really blessed because at least diabetes is manageable.
One year ago, I went on an insulin pump. An insulin pump (pod) is a small device that attaches to my arm, lower back, or stomach and releases insulin into my body without having to take shots. I control the release of insulin by inputting how many carbs I am eating into a handheld device that calculates how much insulin to give me. (Cool, right?) This device is called a PDM (personal diabetes manager). It is about the size of an iPhone. This has given me a lot more flexibility, and I don’t have to take shots anymore! I just change out the POD every 3 days.
After 8 months of being a diabetic, I went to Camp Sweeney ( a summer camp for diabetics). I love Camp Sweeney, and it's my second home. I've met so many of my best friends. At Sweeneyland almost everyone has diabetes, and that's amazing. Nobody ever looks at you when you prick or give shots, nobody ever asks you questions about what's on my arm, and everyone knows what it feels like to be high or low. Also, you don't feel diabetic, or even think about diabetes. Camp Sweeney is amazing, it's the most awesome place on earth.
JDRF funds most of the major research to help find a cure for diabetes and maybe, in my lifetime, they will find one! So, please join my team to find a cure. Even if you can’t walk, you can still join my team and make a donation.
Just go to the JDRF website (www.walk.jdrf.org, enter my name and the state of texas and it will tak you to my team name, click on it and you will be at my personal and home page)).
I want to Thank everyone for being so supportive of me during my initial diagnosis through now. My family, relatives and teachers who have been so understanding and patient of my highs and lows. I really appreciate it! I hope you can be a part of my team and join the walk for a cure on Sept 28th!!!!!!!!!!!!
We will send out an email as to where we will all meet to start our walk together as it gets closer. It is going to be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!
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