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.
As most of you know my daughter, Amelia was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in July of 2009, she was only 6 years old. I will never forget the day July 25th, 2009. We had no idea how our lives were going to change. I never realized how easy parenting was until I had to work daily to keep my child alive. Talk about stressful! But every day is a triumph! Every day we let Type 1 Diabetes know that it cannot win. We do have our hard days. High blood sugars make Amelia grumpy, irrational, her head and stomach hurt and can lead to long term difficulties. Low blood sugars are scarier. Her vision gets shaky, she becomes lethargic and can't think clearly. We need to closely monitor her to make sure she doesn't go too low. Extreme lows can lead to seizures, a coma or even death. Amelia pokes her fingers to check her blood sugar 6 - 10 times a day. She wears an insulin pump which does makes life easier and keeps her alive. Thomas and I get up every night to check Amelia's blood sugar and make sure she doesn't go too low in the night. We would rather be tired and have our sassy girl alive.
Amelia is the bravest, kindest and most creative person I know. She makes the world a more colorful and lovely place. My hopes as her mother is that she gets to live a long, happy and healthy life. A life that eventually won't include worrying about not waking up one morning. Please help us raise money to find a cure.
I'm joining this year's event to raise funds to improve the lives of millions of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The money I raise will help JDRF advance its strategic research plan to end T1D.
We would not be able to fight this daily battle without the love and support of our family and friends!
Thank you and lots of love,
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The Woods Family