I'm participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes!
I am now 4 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 17 months on May 9, 2011. It all started the evening of Mother’s Day when I was out for dinner with my parents, I was drinking so much water and didn’t want to eat anything which is unusually for me. That night I kept waking up every hour for something to drink and peeing through diapers, mom took my temperature and it was high. She called the pediatrician and explained everything and she said to come in early the next morning. She checked me and then wanted to do a urine test and tested my blood sugar which came back over 575. I was then taken to the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center where they took some more tests to be sure and yes I was then "offically" diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The woman from the center than took me, mom and dad along with nana across to Columbia-Presbyterian where I had to stay in the hospital for four days.
Even though looking at me I look like a normal little boy who loves to play with transformers, super heroes, cars, and spending time at the zoo or park, I get my fingers poked at least 7 times a day and I wear insulin pump which administrates the insulin dosage to make sure that my glucose numbers stay stable.
I started pre-k in September which at first I hated going to but then after a week I was rushing nana out the door to make sure we weren't late. I enjoy learning my ABC's and 123's, reading, coloring, singing/dancing and playing with my classmates. In between enjoying school I still go to the nurse once while at school to get tested to make sure that I am not too high or too low. I am looking forward to finishing school and going on vacation as well as spending time at the park with my PopPop.
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7/365 disease - I have great family that watches out for me daily that makes sure I am doing okay. My parents are my true life superheroes!!
My parents tells me all the time with hope and prayers that I will not be managing this disease the rest of my life. They remain confident and positive about seeing a cure in the future, and with research this cure can be found. I just hope it is sooner than later...And that’s why we walk every year to raise money to go to fund research that can lead to breakthrough cures/treatments for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
If you cannot walk with us, you can help by making a tax free donation to our team.
* Donate online- www.jdrf.org donate to a walker: Shawn Stoll donate to a team: Shawn’s Soldiers
* Mail a donation: Please private message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook and I'll send you my address.
Thank you so much and I hope to see you on walk day!