Two years ago, in the summer prior to my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and my life as I knew would now be different. Instead of being able to jump up and play a game of soccer or eat whatever I wanted, when I wanted, I now first have to make sure I stop and test my blood sugar and give myself insulin. God took me out of my comfort zone of not having to worry about things such as this. Even though it can get tiring constantly having to check my blood sugar, waking up in the middle of some nights with a low blood sugar and scrambling to find food, and making sure I always carry the necessities with me, it is a constant reminder that God is watching over me. Unlike most people diagnosed with T1D, I thankfully was not hospitalized when we first found. My blood sugar was not as high as most peoples when diagnosed (mine was only 250, most people when diagnosed are 500+ and a person's blood sugar is supposed to be between 70-100). At that moment, I knew that God as watching over me. He knew how much I disliked needles (haha, I know, a diabetic that does not like needles, go figure) and a few nights in a hospital, hooked up to who knows how many needles and wires was not something I would have looked forward to. Even though at the time it was hard it seems that each day it gets just a little bit easier in way. This transition was hard at times and if it was not for the support and prayers of my family, friends, and God, I would not have handled this situation as well as I am.
This is my first year to be able to walk in the walk (as last year I was away at college, but my family was able to walk for me) and I am beyond excited to participate! I appreciate any support you can give and I thank you for your in advance!
I'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 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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