Please join me in the fight to cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes!
For the second year in a row I will be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Mall of America. Last year was not only fun, but incredibly successful and I am excited to do it again!
I could go on for days about the highs and lows (literally and figuratively) of living with type 1 diabetes.... But I truly can't imagine my life without it, or the people I've met because of it.
This past Christmas marked 20 years since my diagnosis. I've been fortunate to make it this far without many complications. I honestly don't remember what it was like before my diagnosis - it's been all consuming since the minute I learned I was diabetic. I check my blood multiple times a day (finger pricks which have left scar tissue on my finger tips), and take on average 5 insulin shots a day. I have to really think about every thing I put in my body, and every activity I partake in. My blood sugar significantly impacts my mood, judgement, outlook, and overall health. When I'm high - i feel sick, like I have the flu. When i'm low - I feel anxious, crabby, sad, and lightheaded. Neither is fun, and both are frustrating. I know it impacts my relationships and those closest to me know when my blood sugars are "off".
In the past year I've come to realize just how much my life is impacted by diabetes. In a very very good way. I've made great strides with my health and diabetes management. But I've also met some incredible people because of the JDRF and connection people have over diabetes. I learned of a family friend whose young son was diagnosed - she is so passionate about finding a cure and fighting on behalf of her son that I find myself inspired every day by her outlook, strength, and excitement aroudn raising awareness and money to find a cure. I met many new people, also with T1D, who have become incredible friends and an important part of my support system. It's amazing how much it means to talk to someone else who really "gets it". Over the years I've met many people, all of who have left a mark - but the last year I've met some people who have really changed the way I look at life with diabetes. I'm so grateful for the opportunities to get to know so many amazing people.
i'm walking this year to raise money in hopes that someday there is a cure - that someday diabetics can live a "normal" life without finger pricks and shots every couple hours. I'm walking for my new friends, the people that inspire me. If you can, I'd love your support through a donation.