In 5th grade, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At first, it was a time of questioning and great discomfort for both myself and my family. I haven't even heard of the disease and now I was forced to deal with it. No one in my family had it. (And I didn't get it from because I ate too much sugar as a kid.)It didn't seem fair that I would have to live the rest of my life with this disease, giving myself insulin shots 4-5 times a day to control my blood sugar levels.
There is no doubt that living with diabetes is tough, but it has taught me important life lessons and broadened my views. I am more aware of those suffering around me and those in need. The support and love from family and friends during the time of my diagnosis was unbelievable. Also, with God's strength I made it through. I was never very open about my diabetes. I was afraid about what people would think and even a bit embarrassed about being diabetic. I am still hesitant about telling people about it but I am gaining confidence. I can say that I have grown up to be a strong and more determined individual. I don't let diabetes stop me from enjoying everything in life.
I am currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I started out studying food science, but there was a day that I realized what I was made to do: raise awareness for diabetes. I truly believe that this is God's plan for me and why this is the life He gave me. As a diabetic, I can easily connect with others who are also living with this disease and be that support. Now, I am studying Life Sciences Communication with a Global Health certificate so that I can be a voice for the diabetic community. I hope to become an advocate and maybe even travel the world to continue raising awareness. There are many children in developing countries who struggle to get insulin and as a result, die. I want to increase access to insulin in these places because I don't think this should happen because all diabetics deserve equal access, despite economic and social issues.
So I am asking YOU to please donate towards this cause that will help me and millions of others out there. Every dollar counts towards research to find a cure. Better yet, join my team! The Walk takes places on Sunday, September 29th at Warner Park, Madison, WI. at the Madison Mallards "Duck Pond". Last year, I raised over $800! I hope to see this happen again and better. (Donations are tax-deductible.)
Many thanks for your support!
I have big dreams and high hopes. I am here to spread the word so that I can save the world!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).