my little unbiological family (minus 1). they give me so much love and support.
Why I walk for Type 1 Diabetes!
Welcome to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes personal fundraising page! My name is Kimberly, but you can call me Kimmy.(: I was born May 14th 1994 to my wonderful parents, Jennifer Babcock and Dan Baril. I'm almost 20 years old and have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 10 years now. I was diagnosed at age 10 on December 4th 2004. The first few years were a struggle trying to adjust to my new life and adding things to my daily routine. I started out by having my parents help me with all my shots and tests, but after a while I decided it was time I take the reigns.For a while I did really well and had very few challenges missing a test or dose of insulin.
As I started getting older I became very tired and overwhelmed with dealing with my diabetes. I started to only test when I felt like it and take insulin only when I started to feel sick. For the next few years it was out of control; numerous hospital visits, constant large keytones, and blood sugar levels above 400 (if I tested). I just wanted to feel "normal" like my friends and family. I remember a Dr.'s visit I had a few years ago, and my Dr. had come back with all my lab results to check how my diabetes was effecting my body. The results were not good.He told me that if I didn't take control and start doing what needed to be done, that the next time I ended up in the hospital due to diabetes that he wouldn't be surprised if I didn't come out. That was really scary to hear, but I still wasn't ready to accept my responsibilities, and I continued to not care or take of myself. My A1C at this point was greater than 14%, and has been that way since then.
I have no one else to thank for being alive today, other than GOD. It amazes me how gracious and loving he is to people, including myself, that take their lives for granted and don't appreciate everything they've been given. It wasn't until recently, about December 2013, that I finally accepted that I will have to deal with this for the rest of my life and I might as well make the best with what I've been given. I know I will face many more obstacles, but fortunately I have been blessed with the best team of Dr.'s and the greatest support system there is. Without their constant love and support I would not be as confident in my ability to face the obstacles that are to come, not only with Diabetes but life as well.
With all that being said, here is a little about my team name, since I know some of you may be wondering about it. As you know my last name is Baril, pronounced barrel. But what you may not know is that I am a HUGE fan of, "The Lord of the Rings", and, "The Hobbit". In the newest Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, Biblo Baggins refers to himself as a Rider of Barrels, hence Baril Riders. So you're getting a lot of who I am in just a tiny title!
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read a little bit about me and my fight with Type 1 Diabetes. I'm very open about my experiences, so if you're interested in learning more about my journey just ask! If you would like to make a donation for my team and I, I would greatly appreciate it, any amount is good. Every dollar is a dollar more to helping JDRF find a cure! Also, if you would like to join me in the Walk just register under my team.
A little about Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and what JDRF is doing:
T1D is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, which the body needs to get energy from food. Managing the disease requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on insulin. With T1D there are no days off, and there is no cure.
JDRF is working every day to change that. And, as the largest nongovernmental funder of T1D research, every dollar JDRF directs toward its research plan comes from donors like you.
Please support my commitment and donate to my Walk fundraising efforts today. Your gift will make a difference for millions of people affected by this devastating, life-threatening disease.