Please join us to create a world without type 1 diabetes for Reid!
Welcome to our team: Despicable Diabetes and my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page!
This year as an ode to one of Reid's favorite movies, Despicable Me, we are becoming the minions and walking with JDRF to cure type 1 diabetes. If there is a good word to describe Type 1 -- it is despicable!
As most of you know, our 4-year-old son, Reid, has type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was 18 months old. At diagnosis, he was in DKA or diabetic ketoacidosis and was in a coma. He was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for three days. When I look back to those days, I know I must have been in shock. I remember thinking "why are all the doctors looking so concerned, it's only diabetes. I thought the only life change would be a different diet, some sugar-free candy and a shot once in a while. Gosh, even those magazines at the grocer's checkout stand advertise that they know how to cure it." Thus began my learning about type 1.
Every part of Reid's and our family's life has changed since diagnosis. Reid is so brave. He endures about 8 to 12 finger pricks a day (two in the middle of the night), he wears an insulin pump everywhere he goes, we have to count carbs for every ounce of food he eats and he has to deal with the horrible symptoms of high and low blood sugars EVERY SINGLE DAY. Because, even with all the wonderful modern technology and medical professionals we are not a good substitute for his pancreas.
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
We're joining this year's Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money we raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please join us as Reid's minions to crush diabetes. Your gift will make a HUGE difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.