On October 30, 2006, the daughter of one of my closest friends was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Ryann was only 18 months old at that time. The diagnosis devastated the entire family.
While Ryann appears to be a healthy, vibrant 7 year-old doing somersaults and reading bedtime stories to her younger brother, Drew, she has had a few medical setbacks this year....
In the spring, through routine blood work at her diabetes clinic visit, Ryann was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, which means her thyroid is not working properly. A few weeks later she got really sick and was in the ER at Children's Hospital four times and admitted twice. The final diagnosis was that she also has Addison's disease. Addison's disease is a rare condition that affects the adrenal glands. Both hypothyroidism and Addison's are auto-immune diseases. Because she already has Type 1 Diabetes, which is also an auto-immune disease, she is prone to getting more auto-immune diseases.
Now in addition to keeping track of everything she eats, when she eats it, her activity level, her blood sugar, and making sure she gets the right amount of insulin, Ryann's mom and dad have to make sure she follows her pill routine every day. The five pills throughout the day make up for all the other hormones her body is not making - which makes managing diabetes a lot more difficult. Managing her diabetes is key to help decrease the risk of potential heart/kidney failure, nerve damage and blindness complications.
My goal is to make as big of an impact as I can to help Ryann and other children just like her. As a result, I will be walking with Ryann's Yellow Ducks in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 15 at the Milwaukee County Zoo. JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and helping make the lives of children and adults living with this disease easier.
Any amount you are able to donate would be much appreciated - even a $5 or $10 donation will help me meet my goal and hopefully bring us that much closer to finding a cure. Together we can!
Thank you very much in advance for your consideration,
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