My son, Robbie, was diagnosed three years ago at the end of August, 2011. Our journey with this disease has taught us a lot. We've met many amazing people and made new friends we would otherwise have never met. We've learned what it means to have a community come together to support you, and how overwhelming it is to feel loved and cared for. Thank you to all who have walked with us in whatever form: by praying for us, sending good thoughts, joining us on the Walk for a Cure, sending donations, reading my Facebook posts, or listening to me in person. I am grateful.
Diabetes-related highlights from the last year: Starting on the pump in October 2013, saying good luck and farewell to Robbie's first endocrinologist as he retired (the doctor who educated us in the hospital), a trip to the ER, having to stay on campus with Robbie while he was at a camp (and then discovering it was a blessing in disguise for me), meeting the new endocrinologist, going to the JDRF award banquet, Robbie participating in a commercial for the 2014 JDRF walk in Madison, and more!
[The picture is of Robbie at the American Family Children's Hospital, near a cow painted with UW Badger gear and signed by Barry Alvarez. He's holding a sharps container - about twice a year we drop off a filled container of sharps - one of the large ones you sometimes see in public restrooms. Getting your finger poked several times a day, changing your pump site every two days, and sometimes having to get other injections means a lot of sharps going into the container.]
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This year one-half million other walkers across the country will be trying to reach a goal of raising $89 million.
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of them children.
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any other charity worldwide and it's making progress along many promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.