My name is Reece Ohmer and I am the captain of our walk this year. My co-captain is Olivia Ohmer (my younger sister).
I have had T1D since 2009, when I was 8 years old. My diagnosis was a little different than most people's. Ususally, when someone is diagnosed their blood glucose goes 'high' but, in fact mine did the complete oppisite- it went 'low'. After a long day of shopping, my family and I were about to go to Red Lobster and have dinner. Since my younger sister was diagnosed before me I knew all the signs of a low and a high. I told my parents I needed to get tested- like right then and there! I'm sure my parents were blown away to see their oldest, T1D "free" daughter ask to use her sister's tester to check her BG (blood glucose). Sure enough my BG was 56. Not exactly my lucky number :). We went in and I got my very first milkshake and I was as content as I could be, little did I know that I was just diagnosed with T1D. So, in the Red Lobster parking lot on December 15th, 2009 I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. Since then, I have learned a lot about type 1 diabetes. Most of the time, I am ok with it but there have been times where it really does make it hard for me to be a kid. Sometimes, I have to stop what I am doing to test my blood sugar, wait for it to come back into range and know that I am safe. It happens at the worst times too. Like at Walt Disney World or right in the middle of taking a test at school. The worst was during my school play. I would love to have a cure. Not just for me, but for my sister, Olivia too. It is almost hard to imagine a world that doesn't have injections, finger pokes, carb counting, waking up in the middle of the night.... BUT I am sure that I could get used to it :) Thank you for your help in donating and walking with our team. It means a lot to me.