Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
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.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 2. I am now 29. I am thankful to have no complications but the road hasn't always been easy. Looking back, I feel fortunate to be sitting here writing this as I think back to an ambulance ride in Eagle River, WI years ago. My blood sugar was low, coming up slowly and I couldn't speak yet when we arrived at the hospital. I could think and write but not speak. As we got inside, tears started streaming down my face because while this was going on I was convincing myself that I could learn to re-talk if I had to. Eventually, enough sugar got into my system and my speech slowly came back that day. I generally don't talk about the disease and only tell those close to me. Blood sugar lows and emergencies can't always be prevented. I am thankful in episodes I have had for the family and friends in my life, and in some cases those same people have truly become heroes to me. I am sure it is not an easy task to help someone with a low blood sugar episode when they don't even know who they are, much less be able to help themselves. I have learned a few things over the years. Don't let the disease control you, control the disease. That the someone special in your life should be able to handle a low blood sugar calmly if an episode ever does happen. That it is okay to have a small bowl of ice cream once in a great while. It is okay to excuse yourself from a meeting to go get a sugar drink if need be. Last but not least, to have a good support system and plan of action. My parents have been strong cure advocates over the years. We have been on local news stations, my Mom the President of the local JDRF Association and my Dad I think was best quoted in a local paper for this statement about living with diabetes; Miranda will go through grade school, junior high, high school and belong to anything she wants to. Anything she sets her mind to, she'll be able to do. She'll be around a long time. She will live to be 80. Thank you to my family and friends for supporting me and when low blood sugar emergencies have happened, for being my heroes.
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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