Welcome to Camdyn's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes page!
On July 22nd 2007 my husband Ryan and I welcomed our baby boy Camdyn in to the world. Six Years later on September 15th, our family of three grew to a family of 4 as we welcomed our baby girl Bria. Just 7 weeks later on November 4th getting Camdyn ready for another day of First grade, he started complaining about a belly ache and not feeling well. The next few days Camdyn started to get really sick. We thought he had the flu, but he kept getting worse. On November 7th at 6:00 A.M., I knew something was really wrong; so I took Camdyn to the ER. I explained to the Doctors and Nurses what was going on with him, and they took some blood and ran some other tests. About 15 Minutes later the Doctor came back in the room and told me that Camdyn is Diabetic and he needed to go to University of Iowa children’s Hospital for treatment immediately. We were in shock; we never imagined it would be something like this.
A little over an hour later, we were in Iowa City in the PICU. It took a while to run IV's, but the Amazing nurses, Doctors, and other staff soon got Camdyn on insulin and he started to feel better.
We knew very little about Diabetes, but over the next 3 days in Iowa City Ryan and I learned a LOT. 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.
The first few weeks home were VERY stressful.
It has now been only 8 Short weeks since Camdyn was diagnosed, and he has already had about 340 finger pokes, and about 225 insulin injections. There have been good days, and bad days for all of us. Camdyn is doing a Wonderful job adjusting. He helps count his carbs at meal times, he is rotating injection sites, and he does his own Finger pokes!
We are joining this year's Walk for Camdyn, so he can see how many people T1D effects, and to know that he is NOT ALONE! We are joining to help 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 support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.
Thank you for your Support! From Camdyn and his Jedi