Join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page! I'll be taking part in this year’s Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I was 15, just out of my freshman year of high school, when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Boy, did we not see that one coming! No one in my family ever had it; in fact the closest anyone came was that I had a few people on my maternal grandpa's side of the family who had had pancreatitis. But not diabetes. The first few years, I actually did really well managing my sugars, eating well, exercising; all of the things that keep a person with T1D on track. Probably because I was still at home and had my parents pushing and encouraging me along the way. Then I went to college. I think that the lack of a consistent schedule, and a lack of discipline on my part, is really what set me up for failure. I've fallen into a lot of bad habits when it comes to managing my diabetes as a result. Of course, struggling to get health insurance to cover doctors visits and meds didn't help either. The insurance I have now, but it still doesn't cover everything I need.
But that's a different story and a different issue to advocate for. People with diabetes face a lot of problems if their disease isn't treated properly. Heart disease, kidney and liver failure, circulatory problems that can lead to gangrene, blindness, etc. Am I disabled in some way because of my diabetes? No, not at all. I can still do everything that I love to do, and because of the strides that have been made in research and in the treatment of the disease, I don't have to be as strict about what I eat. But diabetes is a serious disease affecting millions of people just across the U.S. Without groups like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, diabetes would not get nearly the funding it needs to find a cure.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.
Did you know that:
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age?
T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle?
Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night?
Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day?
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?