Hello! As usual, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 19th at Sea World of San Antonio, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children. I bet anyone you talk to has some sort of connection to diabetes. It is an awful disease that can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how healthy you are. From the moment you develop Type 1 diabetes, your general health & well-being are impacted forever. You have to take into account everything you eat or drink; your physical activity; and any cold or illness. Each of these things has the potential of turning into a life-threatening complication. You have to worry about fluctuating glucose levels every waking moment & even when you sleep. You never get to "take a day off."
This is a disease that has personally affected my family - both mom and dad's sides. On my dad's side, my grandfather and cousin (8 years old) died from complications with the disease. My uncle also has to live with it daily. On my mom's side, my incredibly strong grandmother (Pat "Mimi" Liberto) has been living with this for over 20 years. Her father and her brother both passed away from complications. I can personally tell you that watching them live with this disease, and knowing that right now there is no way to cure them, is heart breaking. It brings a tear to my eye just writing this thinking of the pain I see in my grandmothers eyes each time she has to treat a low or a high. She would love nothing more than to just live a normal life, free from this disease. And I am more determined than ever to help her acheive that dream. My family means more to me than anything in the world and I WILL help find a cure for them. I WILL be their strength. I WILL fight for them. And I will do so for as long as it takes.
It truly is amazing how strong people are who have to live with diabetes. Imagine having to give yourself at least 3 shots in the stomach everyday, on top of having to prick your finger constantly to make sure your blood sugar is ok. Now, imagine doing this as a 2 year old child. Imagine the parents who have to constantly look after their children because they live with a daily fear that their child could fall asleep and not wake up again. Children do not fully understand the disease and what it means. The parents are the ones who constantly worry and have to tell them no when they want that one scoop of ice cream or want to go to their friends sleepover. They may not have the disease but they certainly suffer right along with their child. Man...what a life.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
Those of us who are blessed to not have to deal with this disease daily, need to take time out of our lives to help those that are affected by it. When I ask for your donation, I am not asking for just some money from you. I am asking for you to donate toward a cause that is so near and dear to my heart, my family's heart, and to the hearts of all those struggling with this battle every day. When you donate, you are not just giving up some of your money, you are contributing to a cure for millions of people in this world. You are helping these people fight their daily battles so that one day, the war can be won.
When the day comes where there is a cure for this disease, you will ALWAYS know that you were apart of making that happen. Every dollar counts so I ask that you please consider giving a little. Even a little can go a long way! Whether you can or can not give at this time, please consider signing up on the Ricos Walk Team and join us on October 19th to Walk for a Cure!
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Together, we can make the cure a reality!
Thanks and God Bless,
Megan Petri MacDiarmid
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