Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
Welcome to my personal JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising page!
Normally I write this letter every year on July 20th...the day our lives changed forever. But this year I had a super busy day. I didn't forget. I didn't cry. But as always... I wondered... does Morgan even know this day passed? For those of you who have never heard our story, it goes like this: I was supposed to going to a baby shower for my soon-to-be-born baby girl. Instead I was rushing a very sick Morgan to Vanderbilt hospital. Over the next few hours Mike and I learned that our little 4 year old girl had type 1 diabetes. An autoimmune disease that had destroyed the cells in her pancreas that produce insulin. She would have to take shots, monitor every bite of food, and prick her fingers multiple times a day for the rest of her life. It was a rough day. And although most days are good ones now, it requires constant vigilance, and even then, some days are still bad. One of the worst days was when Zoe started showing some familiar symptoms eight years later. She was officially diagnosed the next day, on October 24th at age 8. Luckily, she was caught very early and did not get really sick like Morgan.
We are so thankful that with technology like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, that the girls can be healthy most of the time! Even with the best care, though we still have scary days. We have had trips to the ER this year due to complications from typical illnesses. We have survived our first year with our Morgan at college. It was not easy, and there were a few scary times. I can't tell you what it feels like to have your child in an emergency situation and not being able to help. I can tell you there is no worse feeling than looking at your child or getting texts from your child and knowing there is nothing you can do to help. Even after 15 years, considering myself a pro, I still get mad when we do everything right, and things go wrong. Mostly though....I'm weary. I'm tired of diabetes. I'm tired of the blood sugar checks, I'm tired of the stress and I'm just plain tired.
JDRF is the largest funding source for research. I'm so excited about the new research on the horizon. Beta cell encapsulation, artificial pancreas, all being funded by JDRF. I can't imagine a year without shots, pump infusions...but JDRF is making this a reality. It would make having a daughter a college so much easier if I wasn't worrying about blood sugar swings!
You can make a difference by making sure the funding continues. No donation is too small!
Every year I add up the number of pokes my girls endure, and I’m always shocked. Between the 2 of them they have had:
over 105,000 finger pricks
over 16,000 shots of insulin
over 530 insulin pump site changes
Those are just for my daughters. Can you imagine what those numbers would be if we added every type 1 child or adult registering for this walk? I think it would be staggering.
This is why I’d like to take this opportunity to thank JDRF and Vanderbilt for the endless research, care and support they give to my family.
Please consider donating and joining our team to walk!