Hello! This year, I'll be one of a half million participants in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, trying to reach our fundraising goal of $89 million.
July 27, 2008, was a great day for our little family. We were at the Denver zoo, one of our 14-month- old’s favorite places. We spent a lot of time hanging out with the monkeys. Madeline loves monkeys so much, she tried to kiss them, licking the glass that separated them. No surprise when she became ill that evening. After all, she had licked the monkey glass.
But this was different. Something was very wrong. The pediatrician tried to reassure me that she just had a virus and needed sleep and rest. But a mother knows. She was filling every diaper, yet not drinking anything. We insisted they do more. When they finally tested her sugar, it was too high to measure and they sent us directly to the hospital. By the time we arrived, Madeline’s eyes had rolled back in her head. Our baby was in ketoacidosis, a diabetic coma.
We were quickly admitted to the pediatric ICU. Jeff and I wondered what all of this meant. It meant that Madeline was in for a lifetime of finger pokes, insulin shots and or site changes. A lifetime of being aware of every gram of food that goes in her body. Now, five years down the road, she’s already experienced 9,125 finger pokes, 558 site changes and hundreds of shots. If you didn’t know, you would never guess. Madeline is amazing.
It’s for her that we participate in this walk. We walk to find a cure. Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Please give generously to JDRF. Together, we can make the cure a reality!