My name is Zane and I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 3 years old on December 20, 2010. As of now I have had Diabetes longer than I haven't - which is very weird to think of. I have no memory of life before diabetes, but I know my mom and dad do. I really hope that someday I can say that I USED to have it - wouldn't that be cool?!
Having Type 1 Diabetes isn't something that I ever let get in my way of being a normal kid. My parents always tell me I can do anything I want; I just have a few extra steps to do it that other kids my age don't. I always have to check my blood sugar before I go outside to play and usually again while I'm outside playing to make sure my blood sugar isn't going too low. Sometimes I get upset when I have to sit out of part of a soccer game or bouncing on a jump-house because my blood sugar is too low and its not safe for me to participate. Its very frustrating to stop having fun to treat a low blood sugar, but I know that it is something I just have to do. One of the positives of having Diabetes though are some of the great friends I have met along the way. Its so nice to know that there are other kids out there just like me!
I started Kindergarten this past fall and I.love.it!! I am excelling in math and am really starting to pick up on reading! Another new adventure for me this year has been attending drop-off birthday parties and playdates. This has taken a lot of extra coordination on my parents' part - but I am so happy that they are helping make this happen! I am also so thankful that all of my classmates and friends have been open to learning about my Diabetes too and not excluding me from anything. My favorite things to do outside of school are play soccer, Legos and Hotwheels and to play with my little brother Landon.
I know that there are worse things out there and that I really do have life pretty good - but even so; I don't want to have Diabetes anymore! I am so hopeful there will be a cure found in my lifetime - maybe before I even start highschool?! Please consider donating to my team (Team Zane) and helping lead the way in finding a cure in my lifetime! You have no idea how awesome it would be to not have to check my blood sugar or take insulin just to stay alive!!
I would also LOVE for you to JOIN MY TEAM and come out and run/walk/gallop/trot/crawl with us! We have so much fun every year and this year will be no different! Also, who isn't excited about seeing the NEW Huskey Stadium up close and personal?!!! I know I am!
Love Always, Zane
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