Hello! This year, I will be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
My old life ended on August 14, 2009. Earlier that day, my mom and I went to the pediatrician, who said that everything was fine. Yet, my mom knew something wasn't right. For weeks before, I had been using the bathroom more than usual and had been drinking a seemingly endless amount of water. That night, my mom and dad took me to my mom’s doctor's office and checked my urine. We all hoped it was just nothing, but the urine test indicated otherwise. I had a high amount of ketones in my blood along with lots of glucose. My mom checked my blood glucose, and the meter just said, “HI.” Unfortunately, my mom knew this wasn’t a friendly greeting. Instead, the meter was telling my mom that my blood glucose was over 600 mg/dL. When my mom did a second test to confirm the first result, the meter said that my blood glucose was 590 mg/dL. We headed back home to pack up some supplies before going to the emergency room. After a three night stay in the hospital, the “new” me was able to come home. At first, it seemed like it was going to be impossible to manage my new condition. We worked through that tough time; and now that I have an insulin pump, managing my diabetes is easier. But despite all of this, there’s still the lingering thought in the back of our minds, “If only there was a cure.”
I, Evan, have personally benefited from diabetes research. Between December 2009 and December 2011, I participated in a research trial at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. To date, the results have been amazing! My diabetes is very well controlled, and my blood sugars are near non-diabetic levels. All of this could not have been possible without funding for diabetes research.
In February of this year, 2014, I got a continuous glucose monitor, a device which constantly monitors my blood glucose levels to help me improve them. Using this device, I have been able to reduce my hemoglobin A1c (my average blood glucose value in the past three months) by 0.4%, from 6.7% to 6.3%! With the help of new diabetes technology, I have been able to continue to improve my health!
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Will you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, we can finally find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!