Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
As several of you know, Lilli was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) on April 8, 2013. We had just gotten back from a wonderful trip to Florida. We went to Disney and enjoyed some time on the beautiful beaches of Clearwater. Lillian hadn't been feeling well for several months but we just couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. When we got home from Florida, Lilli was very tired and developed flu like symptoms. She was throwing up, sleeping all day and was loosing weight rapidly. Of course we thought she had the flu since we had just gotten back from flying and there are so many germs in airports. On day 3 of her being sick, I walked into her room and she was struggling to breath, her skin was pale and her hip bones were very visible. She needed help standing up and Jeremy and I had to carry her down the stairs. We took her to the hospital and the first thing the doctor asked me was if she was always that thin. She was so dehydrated, although she had been drinking non stop for days, it took three nurses to start an IV, Lillian was so out of it she doesn't remember any this. The doctor came in after they drew some blood and told me Lilli had Juvenile Diabetes (T1D) and she was currently in Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and they had to take her to Iowa City that night. I rode in the ambulance to Iowa City with Lilli. We arrived there in the middle of the night and the doctor there explained to me the dangers of DKA. Lilli spent 2 days in the Pediatric ICU and 2 more days in the Pediatric inpatient unit. That began our education and journey with T1D.
We're helping JDRF create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D) where no one has to fear developing this serious autoimmune disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and/or making a donation to JDRF, you can be part of the effort to improve the lives of millions of people affected by T1D.
In T1D, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, which is essential to the body’s ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. Managing T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. Lilli tests her blood by poking her finger every hour throughout the day. She is very active with dance and other sports so she has to test often to avoid a dangerous low. She also injects insulins 4 to 5 times a day. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every donation, big or small, from donors like you, allows JDRF to fund the critical research needed to find a cure.
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