Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page! First, a personal note from Hannah:
"There’s so much I could say about Type 1 diabetes.
But instead of explaining the endless finger-pricking, insulin taking, and the dreadful feeling of being low or high, I’ll tell you my story. My thoughts, my feelings about Diabetes and how it has impacted me.
I was diagnosed at the age of 7 years old. There aren’t words to describe how I felt. I was nervous, confused, hurt even. I felt as if I had done something wrong, and God was punishing me. Back then I say, even though it’s only been 6 years since I was diagnosed, I didn’t realize that it wasn’t God punishing me. It was Him helping me become a stronger person, helping me face the world and its problems. Now that I’m 13, I realize this. Just the other day, my dad and I went to the Dallas Children’s Hospital to talk to a group of parents whose children had just been diagnosed. The parents were confused, trying to take it all in, asking questions left and right but the kids who attended the class sat there drawing, talking, bubbling with happiness. They acted as if they had just accepted it. It was just another thing to deal with in their lives. I like to believe in the quote: “God gives His hardest battles to his strongest warriors,” and seeing these kids sitting with their parents, eager to know more about this new obstacle, I realized how truly accurate the quote is. I believe those kids are just as able and as important as any other kid or adult who doesn’t have Diabetes.
Diabetes has given me chances to make more friends and learn more about the unique disease I was diagnosed with. And after all these years I’ve learned diabetes doesn’t truly feel like a disease. I’m capable of reaching my goals and being myself. I’m not “that girl with diabetes” or “the diabetic”. I’m still Hannah, just with a slightly different routine. I’m still Hannah, I’ve just become a stronger person."
We're taking steps to help JDRF progressively remove the impact of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people's lives until no one has to fear developing this disease. By joining our Walk to Cure Diabetes team and making a donation to JDRF, you'll raise money to help fund critical T1D research and create a world without T1D.
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.