I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!
Once again, our family is participating in the JDRF Walk at Holiday World. We're asking you to partner with us by donating to our team. Type 1 diabetes is a big part of our daily life. When I was diagnosed at age 7 (2008), our lives were turned upside down. Jennifer (mom) took me into the E.R. after I threw up twice and was breathing really funny, thinking it was possibly an allergic reaction to the antibiotic I was on for a skin infection. The doctor quickly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes, but I had to be moved by ambulance to Kosair Children's Hospital because I was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). I had to be brought out of DKA slowly by bringing down my blood sugar level (it was over 500) and hydration. Thankfully, I don't remember much at all about being in the hospital (it was four days).
Since then, I poke my finger to check my blood sugar about eight times a day and changed from four shots a day to changing my pump every two days. We work really hard to keep my blood sugar in range. Most people hate shots and avoid them as much as possible. I estimate I've had 1,300 shots, 600 pump changes (long needle), and 16,000 fingerpokes since diagnosis.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 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 trying to turn type 1 into type NONE. And that is what we hope for me, a life without shots or finger pokes. We participate in the Holiday World walk to help raise money for research and for a cure. Please help us!