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Creating a world without type 1 diabetes

Those of you who know myself, my girls, and my family, know that my daughter Anastasyia, was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic a little over four years ago.  Now, age 11, Anastasyia, as well as many other young children her age, must struggle daily with a constant consciousness for a healthier lifestyle,  more than any young person should have to think about.  Anastasyia, is a strong, smart, spunky, young girl who loves singing, dancing, and playing basketball!  Our goal is not only to spread awareness about T1D, it is also to help raise the necessary funds to find a cure.  For those of you who are not familiar with a day in the life of a child diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I would like to give you an idea of what a young person must go through to make sure they stay healthy.  When Anastasyia wakes up in the morning, the first thing she does after getting dressed is check her blood sugar level.  This consists of a prick of her finger to test her blood.  Then before sitting down for breakfast, she must decide what she will be eating, then calculate the total carbohydrates found in her selection.  Along with her blood sugar level, she must enter the results into her insulin pump.  An insulin pump calculates the amount of insulin she must have, and administers it into her body, through a tube connected to her.  It is connected to her body by what is known as a "site", this site is very similar to a IV, however Anastasyia must change her site every three days, to a new location on her body.  Anastasyia was not always fortunate enough to have a insulin pump, for the first couple years she administered her insulin, as many children do, by syringe. This limited Anastasyia on the places she could be without me, as there needed to be someone with her that could do such a task.  Anastasyia then leaves for school as any other child would do.  Before lunch she must go to the nurse at school to check her sugar.  Again, must calculate what she will be eating and account for it appropriately in her pump.  After Gym class her sugar must be checked. If her sugar is ever too high, she must sit out of physical activities that are planned at the school, until her sugar level comes down.  If there is a party, or treat brought into the classroom, she then must visit the nurse again and repeat the "normal" steps to account for what she will be eating.  Same for dinner, same for snack, and then must test her sugar one last time before bed. This is what every child with T1D must think about before eating, going on field trips, playing sport, attending a friend birthday party, the list goes on.  This is only a small bit of how a child with T1D is effected, daily by this condition.  Yet, you see these children, smiles on their faces, determined to not let anything stand in their way to get to where they want to go.  How can you not want to help them achieve a better tomorrow.  Please support our team by making a donation, signing up to walk, or even start your own team!  It is worth every effort!


Date and time

October 19, 2014
Check-in: 8:30 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: 1.5 Miles


Six Flags New England
Route 159, 1623 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001



Joseph DiMaggio
Email | (203) 248-1880

Greater Connecticut/Western MA Chapter
20 Batterson Park Road
3rd Floor
Farmington, CT 06032