Cara's Speaking at the Green Bay Team Captain Walk Kick Off 2012
Welcome to Cara Gabriel's Personal Page
Cara's speech from the 2012 JDRF Walk for a Cure Kick Off Luncheon!
Hello! My name is Cara Gabriel. I am 12 years old (soon to be 13 on Saturday). I am in 7th grade at BayViewMiddle School in Howard.I am a figure skater and I have type 1 diabetes. The one thing, that I have learned in talking with other diabetics is that each one of us has a story! Our diagnosis story. I was asked to be here today to share MY story with all of you!
It was the last weekend in August. My family and I were heading north to our cottage in Crivitz for one last weekend of water skiing before school started. The drive is a short 45 minute drive most weekends. On this trip up north, we had to stop twice so that I could use the restroom. My parents questioned me, but we went on our way. I remember it was a super hot weekend! We planned on spending a lot of time on the water. Skiing, knee boarding, tubing and jumping off the boat in the middle of the lake. I remember being really thirsty! My mom commented on the foam in my mouth and the sweet smell of my breath. But, we just went on with our fun weekend.
Sunday night came and we headed home! We stopped for dinner about half way. I was glad. Because I was starving and really thirsty. I drank 3 huge glasses of water. My parents warned me that there was no place to stop! We continued home, to prepare for the start of school. I was entering 6th grade and was eager to set up my locker on Monday. Apparently, my mom had taken mental notes all weekend and called the doctor on Monday with her concerns. She was told that our doctor was out of town but that they would be happy to make an appointment for when she got back. My mom said, I don't think you understand. I think there is something wrong with her kidneys! The truth is I had been to the doctor many times before because of my moms concerns. I had lost 20 pounds, I had stomach pains, I had headaches and I had night sweats! She made the appointment and we went to set up my locker! Within a few minutes, the doctor on call called back. She wanted to see me that afternoon! At that appointment she took my weight, checked me over and took some blood. I was about to pass out, so they gave me a big can of juice! That didn't make me feel better!
We went home, and thought we would have to wait days to find out that nothing was wrong. My mom made dinner, macaroni and cheese. Yes, everyone remembers the little details of their story.During dinner, the phone rang. It was the doctor herself! She explained to my mom the reason why I was going to the bathroom so much. My blood glucose was close to 700!
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on August 23, 2010 around 5:30 pm.
We were told to go to the hospital immediately. And an appointment was made for Children's Hospital inMilwaukee the next morning where me and my family would receive a crash course in carb counting and needle injections.
This January, I started wearing the Medtronic Insulin Pump. Those first few weeks were rough up every 2 hours around the clock for 2 weeks straight. Poking my fingers up to 14 times per day! The pump is great but it is not a cure!
When I grow up I want to be a figure skating coach and a medical researcher. I would do anything so that other kids don't have to have a diagnosis story to share. In the meantime though, me and my family will continue to be involved in JDRF! My dad will be involved in the board. Hopefully we can do a skate-a-thon, and we will continue to walk for the cure with all of you!
My team is called Cara's Team. And our slogan is toe pickers for finger prickers!
On my diabetic binder I have a quote that I saw at the entrance wall of Children's Hospital that very 1st day it reads: You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you were meant to be! Thank you for being here with me today and creating a team to help find a cure for diabetes. See you at the walk!