Fourteen years ago,when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with our daughter and our oldest son was 2 1/2, my husband Rich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It changed our world but we always said "It could be worse" and just dealt with it. Last August, the day before our anniversary, our 10 year Zachary was also diagnosed type 1. I again tried to embrace the outlook that "it could be worse" and "it is what it is". It was much harder this time. I'm the mom, I am supposed to be able to fix the boo boos. Type 1 diabetes is a worthy foe for any self-professed control freak! It is unpredictable and every time you think "okay we got this", it reminds you, it is still there. With each hug, I just wanted to squeeze it out of him and put it into me.
This is where the child became the teacher. Zach has simply amazed me in not only how he has matured and handled the diagnosis, but how much control he has taken of his situation. He calculates out his carbs and makes decisions that no 11 year old should have to. The hospital staff did 1 finger prick and Zach did every one after that. Within 3 weeks, he was giving himself almost all of his injections. That means he sticks himself anywhere from 8-12 times a day.
I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes because I know that my fundraising efforts will help improve the lives of millions of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure – yet. Your support of JDRF can help change that. JDRF is the one organization with the plan, influence, and ability to lessen the burden of this disease until it no longer exists.
By donating today, you can help JDRF fund research that impacts the lives of the millions of children, adults, and families challenged by T1D every single day. With your support, we will create a world without T1D and turn Type One into Type None.
Thank you for your donation & good thoughts. Please consider joining us for the walk - I want Zach to see how many people are behind him.
No donation is too small - every dollar is one step closer to a cure.