My name is Victoria Brassard. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in February of 2012. My life has changed a lot since then. I went from being a normal four year old girl without a care in the world to being a five year old pin cushion.
I now have to test my blood sugar a minimum of four times a day and sometimes I have to test it six or seven times. In order to test my blood sugar levels my Mommy or I (yes I at five can run my meter) have to poke my fingers with a special needle then put the blood on a test strip and then the meter tells me what level my blood sugar is. This is just half the process however. With every meal and before bed I have to use a different needle to draw up insulin and then poke myself, my Mommy does this part for me for now. I can put the needle on the pen and dial it to the correct dose now, put my hands are still to small to do my own injections. We can give the insulin shot in my stomach, leg, arm or my bottom. I have to do this four times a day no matter what.
Other then all the needles and such I also have to watch what I eat and when I eat and how much I eat. Although my parents look at this as positive it?s also hard to not get the normal size piece of cake at my best friends? birthday party or pick up that snickers bar at the gas station and enjoy it. When I shop at the grocery store with my Mommy I get odd looks when I pick up a treat I want and ask my Mommy ?How many Carbs are in this?? It makes me sad but thankfully my Mommy has many alternatives to my favorite snacks. Even so it is still not the same.
I do all of this and I am only in preschool . Before I started preschool I was very excited but nervous about how this would affect my daily routine of blood sugars and insulin. JDRF has been there for me every step of the way since my diagnosis. I have a pen pal who is also a T1D. JDRF gave me a backpack with all kinds of neat stuff in it before I left the hospital. That bag had my now favorite stuffed animal Rufus the bear in it. They call my Mommy and check in with her once in awhile but most importantly they give money to researchers who are helping to discover a cure for me so I will no longer have to be a pin cushion.
Thank you for donating to JDRF Walk for the Cure. Any amount of money helps to discover a cure for me and all the other people who have diabetes. Your gift will impact the rest of my life even if we don?t see it yet. Your gift doesn?t go unnoticed. I notice it everyday and am forever thankful to you for it. No matter what amount you donate, it?s appreciated.