1/14/2013, Just after getting Wyatt set up on his new Insulin Pump
take steps towards a cure
Walking for Wyatt!!
Hello! My name is Wyatt, and on May 23rd, 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at the age of 3. This will be my second year participating in JDRF's One Walk, on October 18, 2014. This year, my goal is not only to raise money to help find a cure, but to also help spread awareness about Type 1.
I did not get T1D because I ate too much sugar. I didn't get it because of my diet or lifestyle. There is not one single thing I or my parents did to cause the onset of my T1D, nor was there anything we could have done to prevent it. And currently, there is nothing we can do to get rid of it. T1D strikes both kids and adults at any age. NO ONE is immuned! It causes dependence, for life, on insulin via injections (shots), or through an insulin pump. It causes constant monitoring of ones Blood Glucose (BG) levels. We do this by pricking my finger for blood at least 10 times a day. And despite my parents best efforts, I still run the risk of life threatening "highs" and "lows" as well as serious side effects.
Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes are :
*Sudden vision changes
*Ketones (Sugar in the Urine)
*Fruity smelling breath
*Heavy or Labored Breathing
Type 1 Diabetes, does not define who I am. Although its very much apart of my everyday life, it does not control me. Im 5 years old, and I love playing outside, swimming, gaming, riding my scooter, playing with my friends, going to school, CHOCOLATE, yes, Chocolate. Contrary to popular beliefs, I can still have sweets, just in moderation like everyone else. I will continue to live each day to its fullest. And with your support you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
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?