Sunday is the big day, time to walk around Downtown Spokane and Gonzaga in the name of stamping out diabetes. Please help by donating something, even $10, to the cause.
There's someone you know with Type 1 Diabetes. I'm not talking about Uncle Carl who can't eat sugary foods anymore - that's type 2. Type 1 is worse. Okay, there's poking yourself with needles at least 6 times a day.
And how about waking up at least once a night to make sure you're not in a coma. Or waking up to make sure your child isn't in a coma. Totally serious.
Every year I do this walk with a great kid who has diabetes. Paul was in preschool with my daughter G when his schoolteacher mom recognized early symptoms. Then, Paul would prick his finger before every snack and lunch; G called that his "Wet owies." He's got a pump now that injects regular doses of insulen, but he still has to prick his fingers frequently to check his glucose levels.
Every year I think of a guy I know, Reed, who works very hard while forgetting to eat regularly. It's always interesting to watch him jab himself in the gut with insulin
Every year I think of my voice coach who went through some crazy crap before discovering that her body suddenly stopped making insulin.
This year, I think of my husband's cousin who struggled with junior diabetes all her life. In the middle of the night earlier this year, she fell into a coma. No proof that it was caused by diabetes but it's caused serious complications in caring for her.
I'm just saying that 1) I'm lucky to have a relatively healthy child and husband. 2) You and I can do something about Type 1. A little bit, granted, but we're joining forces with a big organization that funds research. JDRF needs us as much as we need them.
One more note - I'm unemployed so I gave what I have. I'll bet you can find at least $10 to match it. If you can give more, go for it. You can even join the team (Paul's Posse) and walk with us on Sunday - meet around 10a at the North shelter in Riverfront Park. And you'll have my deep thanks. And maybe a cookie from G.
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