Dawn Amendola





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Welcome to Anna's Personal Page


Hi there!

This year I will again be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, September 23rd at Quinnipiac University-North Haven Campus. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

My mom has helped me register my team, Picca's Charge! and to type out my Personal page and Fundraising page.

I had a great time last year with everyone at the walk and hope you can join me again this year.

There has been so much that has happened since last year. I have been on a gluten-free diet for a year now and am doing fine. I have tried different types of foods and have been able to find restaurants, good snacks and tasty pasta (thanks to my Nonna & Aunt Annie for the pasta find!). My family has helped me learn to read labels and watch out for anything with wheat in it. They are very careful not to use any of my food or counterspace because of cross contamination.

On another note, I am taking part in a study at Yale for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and the effects of low blood sugars. The CGM is a meter and transmitter that I wear all the time. It measures my blood glucose (BG) every 5 minutes and will alert me if it is going too high or too low. I just received my own CGM in March. It has taken me a while to get used to. The viberating and beeping, entering BG numbers to calibrate it, waking up in the middle of the night to eat something because I'm too low or for dad or mom to give me some insulin because I'm too high - although I do like that I can wear it for 7 days without having to change the site and I don't have to prick my finger as often as I used to! In the long run the information it gives will be very helpful to the doctors and me so I don't spike too high or crash too low throughout the day.

As for the diabetes - I'm doing pretty well. I am a master with my pump. I have learned how to do more advanced features and help my dad and mom when they need to change my site (which is still every 2 days). I can almost do everything myself - except change the actual site-I just can't bring myself to insert a needle into me.

If you would be willing to donate any amount to Picca's Charge! I would sure appreciate it. The doctors at Yale are working on a very special "Artificial Pancreas" that would make living with diabetes even easier for us.

Hope to see you on walk day!

I thank you for your support and prayers.

Picca (Anna)



Date and time

October 5, 2014
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 3 Miles


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