Our daughter, Becca was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes on July 10, 2007. It is hard to believe that it was five years ago that our life changed so dramatically. We have become comfortable with some of the aspects of diabetes, but other aspects still seem brand new. It is still hard to believe that she requires daily shots and blood testing and this will go on forever. She will be insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. In addition to her rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything she consumes must be measured, and her blood levels even need to be checked while she sleeps and plays. We are still learning how to adjust her insulin doses to accommodate her growth spurts, illnesses and activity levels.
We are relieved that Becca has the same teacher as last year. Becca has continued to amaze us with how she has been helping her teacher learn about diabetes and caring for her "highs and lows". As we have observed in the past, Becca is always a trooper and we are extremely proud of her. Becca continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude.
There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens us. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. A lot of progress has been made in the past 10 years and we hope that there will be a cure by the time she is an adult.
Please understand, we are not trying to have a pity session. We truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. As parents, it's our instinct from the moment our kids are born to protect them from any harm. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for her. It's our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF's largest fundraising events is the 'Walk to Cure Diabetes.' This year's walk will be held on Saturday, October 27 at Reliant Park.
If you are interested, there are three ways you can help us make a difference for Becca:
Please check to see if your employer matches charitable contributions, which can double your donation!
Our goal this year is to raise $1,500 for diabetes research. Every dollar will help bring us one step closer to the cure. Thank you in advance for your support and I hope to see you at the Walk on October 27.
Thank you for your support!
The Shick Family
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