Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year?s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Who would have guessed on a Monday afternoon in February we would end the day at Madison Children's Hospital with TJ in tow. What I though was a stubborn, crabby teenager was actually a very sick young man. We were told not many walk through the door, they come in MedFlight or ambulance, thank the Lord for kicking in my mom instinct that something wasn't right. TJ faced this new path in life with acceptance and didn't let the unknown road slow him down at all. He told the doctor he had basketball practice Wednesday night and a tournament on Saturday and he WOULD be at both and playing just like always, their comment was, well, we better get to work then. After two intense days of education (felt like back to college) I became a Diabetes Mom with knowledge I never thought I'd have. I can prick a finger for a glucose test, draw up a syringe, give an injection, count carbs on the fly, do a 2:00am check, keep company for a 2:00am juice break and try to be a "normal" mom. Yes, it's hard, but we have all built it into our daily lives. TJ doesn't like me to go on about it, but he's my strength when I don't think this is fair, "Mom, it's just part of my life". How innocent and how true.
We haven't let diabetes slow us down in the least. TJ was at practice that Wednesday night and did play in the tournament that Saturday; and let me tell you, he was like the energizer bunny because he was feeling 150% better. Not much could slow him down. I pray every night for a cure, the medical staff says we WILL see something in TJ's lifetime.
If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
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