Help me support Abigail by walking in support of T1D!
T1D struck my daughter three years ago. Just a week after her third birthday, we noticed Abigail was lethargic and pale. Like most parents, we tried not to over react to an illness, but after a night of waking up with a dry mouth and drinking 8-10oz of water at a time, we knew something was wrong.
We took her in to her pediatrics clinic where they broke the news to us: Abigail had diabetes. We like most families, we didn't know about Diabetes. I personally associated diabetics to the elderly or from those who lead unhealthy lifestyles, but that couldn't be further from the truth when it comes to Type 1 Diabetics.
The truth is, Diabetes can strike anyone at any age. Type 1 and Type 2 are completely different in the way they are managed.
Over the last three years, Abigail has shown us the strength, courage and resilience that we never thought possible in such a young little girl. She has become the rock and inspiration of our family, taking her disease in stride and not letting it stop her.
JDRF's walk is our time to give back to an organization who has given so much to the community of Type 1 diabetics.
Please help support me (and my team!) in this year's JDRF walk by giving a donation and/or participating on our team for the Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo! It is our time to give back and it is my goal to keep giving so that Abigail may have a chance to live a life without the burden of T1D.
Some T1D Facts:
T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly and strikes both children and adults at any age
T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle
Those living with T1D must carefully balance insulin doses with eating and daily activities throughout the day and night
Those living with T1D must test their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood 6 or more times a day
Those living with T1D routinely check blood sugars overnight, which is a precaution to prevent severe cases of hypoglycemia during the 12-14 hours between dinner and breakfast the next morning.