Hello! In a few weeks I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, like me. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 6 1/2 years old -- on my father's birthday. (I think it was his worst birthday ever!) Because I have diabetes, I test my blood sugar 8-10 times a day -- more when I am sick, very active, stressed or growing. Because my body doesn't make insulin, I have an insulin pump that I have to wear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also wear a continuous glucose monitor every day to make sure that my blood sugar stays in range, so that my organs will stay healthy. I have to count the carbs in everything I eat, so that I get the right amount of insulin. Too much or too little can have a horrible result.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is working towards 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. I am very excited about the research they have done towards an artificial pancreas and encapsulation of beta cells. Either would give me a more normal life, where I don't have to be constantly testing my blood sugar and counting carbs before I eat. But research takes a lot of money and a lot of patience.
Last summer, I went to Washington, D.C. as a delegate from JDRF's Children's Congress. I met with each of the Senators from my state and my Representative and told them what life is like to be a kid with Type 1 Diabetes. I think they understood that my life isn't like most other kids. Every day brings a new set of issues, and I never get a break.
I hope to one day live a life without diabetes. Please help us raise money for more research to make a cure possible.
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).