I can still remember the exact moment, almost three years ago when my mom told me that my friend Lindsi had passed away. My mom had picked me up from school and was taking meto dance class. A rush of emotions swept over me as my mom looked over to makesure I was OK. Not only was I shocked and upset over losing a friend, I knewthat Lindsi’s and my roles could have been switched. Lindsi also had type 1diabetes and we were the same age. Had I been the one with the overnight lowblood sugar it could have been me. Had I been the one whose CGM lost battery power it would have been my family mourning and preparing my memorial service.
I met Lindsi at CampHopewell, a summer camp for kids with Type 1 diabetes. We were cabin mates andmemories of the camp in July were still fresh in my mind that solemn day in September. I had recently seen Lindsi at a JDRF Youth ambassador meeting andthe words she had spoken to me that night continuously flowed through my mind.I kept wishing I could rewind time and that Lindsi’s blood sugar wouldn’t havebeen so low that night. Losing a friend is hard but losing a friend to Type 1diabetes is harder.
Although Lindsi’sdeath is still hard to cope with, every day I see blessing come from it.Lindsi’s JDRF walk team, Peace 4 Lindsi, raises an incredible amount of moneyevery year in her memory. The west Tennessee JDRF youth ambassadors have madeit our mission to send as many kids as we could to Camp Hopewell on fullscholarships after Lindsi’s passing because we know how important camp was toLindsi. We hold fundraisers and rally support and continue to Fund a Cure onbehalf of Lindisi.
Catrina’s words gives you personal insight into the dailystruggles and fears that Type 1 diabetics face. This Walk To Cure Diabetes isvery important not just to our family but to all that knew Lindsi. Wewalk each year in memory of Lindsi and her fight to find a cure for Type 1diabetes and putting a stop to losing our children. When Lindsi was born it wasour instinct to protect her from harm and when Lindsi was diagnosed it becameour full time goal to protect her even more. This will be our fifth yearas part of the JDRF Walk for a Cure. Lindsi chose her team name the firstyear due to her love for PEACE signs. We will be joining in the JDRF Walkto Cure Diabetes which will be held on October 4, 2014 at Shelby Farms. Eventhough Lindsi is not physically here with us her drive and determination keepus motivated to find a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
Diabetes has had a profound effect onmy life and my family in the last five years.
My prayer isthat we continue to honor Lindsi, not only by participating in the JDRF walk,but raising awareness. Our family would like to ask you to join in our efforts to help with this goal. Our team name is still "Peace 4Lindsi." Please sign up to the walk and donate whatever you can.Also, forward this link to your family and friends and ask them to sponsor youor join you at the walk.
On August 26 we would have celebrated Lindsi’s 17th birthday. Lindsi would have been a senior in high school driving, dating, working and preparing for college. Lindsi had so many dreams and plans like any teenager.But in one moment a misdiagnosis shattered her dreams and she was gone.
Barry and I made a personal goal this summer to bring awareness of type 1 diabetes to everyone around us by explaining how serious ofa disease Type 1 diabetes is. We personally walk our neighborhood and surrounding communities and spread awareness of Type 1 Diabetes through social media to all of our contacts, family and friends.
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