Hello! This year, Mason, Celia and I will be walking to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Celia was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes in Aug. 2009 shortly after her 9th birthday. Over the summer Celia had lost 8 lbs from her tiny little frame. She was eating more, drinking more and going to the bathroom more. On 8/31/09 she had her annual physical and was immediately sent over to Mercy Medical Center here in Cedar Rapids for three days.
At Mercy, we learned about Type 1 and the complications it can have on every organ. We had to learn how to test her blood sugar, count carbohydrates in everything she ate, and calculate a formula to administer the correct dosage of insulin. The worst part was giving her shots 4 - 6 times a day.
In January 2010 Celia was hooked up to an insulin pump! She now receives insulin 24/7 thru the pump and no longer takes shots! She still has to prick her finger 8 - 10 times a day, but the pump calculates how much insulin to give her. Insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
When Celia's blood sugar numbers are high she feels dizzy, nauseous, and gets a headache. When she is low she gets shaky, blurred vision, and feels like she might pass out. In order to keep her blood sugar regulated, she has to prick her finger to test the blood. All of her fingers have calluses from being tested so often which can make it difficult to get even a drop of blood.
The last couple of years have been tough. Celia is in middle school and is tired of having diabetes. She doesn't want to constantly check her blood sugar. She doesn't want to go to the doctor every three months. She doesn't want to have blood drawn from her arm every year. She doesn't want to feel sick when her blood sugar is high or low. She doesn't want to miss class to go to the nurse's office to treat her symptoms. Can you blame her?
Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. As many as THREE MILLION Americans may have type 1 diabetes. That's INSANE!
Please help us stop this disease! The CURE depends on EVERYONE! Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please join our team and give generously to JDRF? Together, we can make a difference!
We hope you can join us on Walk Day, Saturday, May 10th at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. This is our 5th year to have a Walk Team. We will have team t-shirts for sale and a team photo taken on Walk Day. Please join us if you can!