As you know, this past year has been quite the roller coaster for our family and especially for our sweet Kylie. February 4, 2013, holds as much significance in our family as does birthdays and anniversaries. It was the day our world changed, the day Kylie, only 3 years old, was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. It was a diagnosis we never saw coming and one we could have never prevented.
I am not sure why Kylie's immune system decided to destroy the insulin producing beta cells in her pancreas, but they did. Now, and for the rest of her life, Kylie will be dependent on insulin injections for her body to be able to function normally.
Kylie is almost 5 now and loves to do what most other typical 5 year olds love to do: play dolls, dress up, go to her ballet/tap class, ride her bike and scooter, watch princess movies and play with friends. Kylie is also an expert in areas that most other 3, 4, or 5 year olds are not- she can test her blood glucose level all by herself and can help give herself insulin shots. They are skills she acquired quickly since she has to do it 5-7 times a day. We have now begun the adventure of an insulin pump and are excited about the benefits it will provide!
I must admit, when I see books and magazines on the Supermarket shelves with headlines like "Cure Diabetes in 5 Easy Steps" I get frustrated and want to take a Sharpie marker and insert "Type 2" on the cover because not all diabetes is curable. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
That is why I am writing to you today.
Our family has decided to join Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) "Walk To Cure Diabetes" to help raise awareness about Type 1 Diabetes and to raise research money to not only try to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (which is still a long way off), but to also fund research projects to discover new technology to help with the daily maintenance of dealing with Type 1. It is amazing the technology that is available for Type 1 Diabetics now: synthetic insulin, insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, all of these things help Kylie be able to maintain good blood glucose numbers and I couldn't imagine not having access to these things. I am thankful for the advances that have been made, but as a parent I hold out hope for the day that future research will be done that can make living with Type 1 easier and more accurately controllable.
We would love to have you join "Kylie's Krew" for the 5K "Walk to Cure Diabetes" on May 3rd at 10:00am (registration begins at 9:00am) at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd, Boise, ID, and to make a small tax- deductible donation to JDRF to continue Type 1 Research. If you are interested in walking with us, please contact me and I can give you more information.
If you are unable to walk with us, please consider still making a small tax-deductible donation on behalf of "Kylie's Krew" and help us be able to improve the lives of the Type 1 Diabetics everywhere!