Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page!
Dear Friends, Family & Neighbors:
My name is Casey and I'm nine years old. I love to swim, jump rope, ride my bike, play in the park and play with brother, sister, and my friends. If you were to see me in the park, you would think that I am a healthy kid.
However, I have type 1 diabetes and I am insulin dependent. As a result, my life is far from normal. My daily routine is on a constant schedule to stay healthy. I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, finger pokes and insulin shots that all need to be coordinated. I do not fully understand what all of this means, but all I know is that sometimes I have to eat when I do not want to, and sometimes I cannot eat when I am hungry, and that I can never sleep-in or may not be able to have treats when my friends do. When I'm biking, swimming, or at the park- -I frequently need stop to check my blood sugar, eat glucose tabs, sit and watch kids play until my blood sugar rises.
Growing up with diabetes is very hard. It is hard to control and everyday is a challenge. I monitor my blood sugar seven to twelve times a day. Each time I poke my finger it feels like a paper-cut. I began using an insulin pump in January, 2012. Since I have been diagnosed, I have poked my fingers over 5510 times. All those pokes since October 27, 2010!
I am the only one in my family with type 1 diabetes. Most people do not know that it can strike any family and that you can never "grow out of it". I will be insulin dependent for life. I have been told that I am special, but I do not want to be special. I just want to be like all the other kids. Diabetes is yucky, and I do not want to have it and I do not want anyone else to have it. Every day is a struggle of doing things I do not want to do and hoping I do not develop the complications associated with diabetes. You see, the longer I have diabetes the more likely I am to develop complications such as kidney disease, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage leading to amputation. Even if I do everything I am supposed to, I can still develop these complications. I am also likely to live fifteen years shorter than normal. A cure is the only way out.
We are taking the steps to help achieve cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
The money our JDRF Walk Team raises will go directly to support this life-changing research.
The JDRF Walk is a fantastic way to make a difference in the millions of lives of people affected by type 1 diabetes. For at least that one day, they will look around and see all the support they have from their friends, family and community. On Walk Day, everyone can have fun and celebrate how much closer to a cure we are because of their efforts.
Each member of our team is already hard at work in their fundraising. If you have taken time to visit our team page today, we ask that you consider making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page or if you would like to make your gift to one of the team members please click on their name below.ŕ To join our team, click the join team link below.
Thank you.ŕ Together, we will cure type 1 diabetes and its complications!