Andrea Tollefson





  • Grace


Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!

Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!  I'll be taking part in this year?s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).  If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening.  And they know it never goes away.

I am asking for your support.  Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts.  By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.


Grace was diagnosed with T1D on November 20, 2012.  She had not been sick but I had noticed that even with her increasing appetite she seemed to be shrinking.  My already thin 8 year old had dropped 3 pounds in 6 months.  At the time I didn't notice how much she was drinking or going to the bathroom.  I had gotten use to the fact that she always needed a water bottle when we would go somewhere, so of course if she was thirsty she would have to go to the bathroom.  Looking back now, I do remember times where it was extreme.  One day comes to mind where she became quite upset with me because there was not a drink available.

At diagnosis she stayed one night in the hospital, we were very fortunate that she was not sick or that stay would have been much longer.  We learned so much in those two days.  Even with everything that Grace was going through, the doctors and nurses always commented on her beautiful smile.  She has truly maintained a great attitude while adjusting to her 'new normal'. 

Her days now consist of 4 shots, one before her 3 meals and one at bedtime.  Right now consistency is very important so we try to eat the same time every day.  She also has an afternoon and a bedtime snack.  Before any time she eats she checks her blood glucose levels.  This is also checked before an activity to make sure she is high enough so as not to go low while she is playing/exercising.  I also check her at least once at night, more depending on what we did that day and how her levels have been.  We have a wonderful school nurse that gives Grace her lunch time insulin shot and checks her glucose before lunch, before her special class (p.e., art, music) and before snack.  This is a lot of pokes for her, but we have to know where her levels are.  If she is low she will get a juice box or something similar to bring her levels back up.

She had her first check-up with our endocrinologist just last week.  She has gained 9 pounds and lowered her a1c.  Grace is currently on a basketball.  Before diagnosis she was unable to make a basket, couldn't even hit the rim, she wasn't strong enough.  At her game last weekend, she made 2 baskets during the game!

It is quite a lot for an 8 year old to adjust to.  My prayers are for a cure, my immediate prayers are for God to guide me in my care for my precious daughter.

Did you know that:

  • T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
  • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
  • Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
  • Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?

As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D.  JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered.  Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?

Thank you for your support!

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Date and time

May 3, 2014
Registration: 8:30 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 2 miles


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Coal Valley, IL 61240



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