Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Page! We are taking the steps to help achieve JDRF's mission: to find a 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.
A snapshot of what it is like to have a child with Type 1:
On Saturday, we woke up to a terrifying sound when your child has type 1: Sarah was getting sick in her bathroom. Although we hoped it was a one-time problem, it persisted for several hours, making it impossible to keep her blood sugar at a normal level. Needless to say, we spent the remainder of Saturday in the emergency room at the local children?s hospital. Not exactly the trip to the movies we had hoped for.
By Sunday, she was feeling better but still unable to eat much. Because she was still fighting her virus, her blood sugar was elevated, even as she went to bed. But, checking her blood when Brad and I went to bed (about an hour after her), her blood sugar had plummeted to 37! (A normal range is between 80-120.) Trying to get a kid who has recently had a stomach virus and didn?t want food to drink multiple juices or eat in order to get to a reasonable level was not easy. But, since we didn?t want her to have a seizure or worse from her low levels, we all persevered. (1 in 20 people with Type 1 die from severe hypoglycemia.) It was not fun.
Not every weekend is that challenging, but it serves as a reminder of how fragile the health of a child with a chronic autoimmune disease like Type 1 Diabetes can be.
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