How much milk do you put in your cereal? Exactly how many fries did you eat at lunch? How many carbs are in pasta.... now is that dried or cooked? Exactly how many slices of pizza do you want? Exactly how much popcorn will you eat while watching a movie? What was the exact time you ate dinner tonight? Do you know? Katie does. These are just a few of the things she has to remember on a daily basis since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year. When you are hungry, what do you do? You grab whatever thing you want to eat and consume it immediately until you are full. Katie can't do that. She has to first prick her finger to make it bleed so she can test her blood sugar. After getting her reading, she then must measure all her food to the exact serving size given. Then she must count up all the carbohydrates in the food and use a special formula to get the exact amount of Insulin she must take. She then has to measure out the Insulin and administer a shot to herself. She then cleans up all the items she used in this process and puts them away because she will need them again soon. And now finally she can eat.
Some people count carbs as a diet choice. Katie does it for survival. Her Pancreas does not work and she is completely Insulin dependent. Every time she wants to eat or drink anything with carbohydrates in it she must inject Insulin into her body... Every time. Insulin is not a cure, it is a bridge to the next meal. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Katie will live with this for the rest of her life. So think about that the next time you have cereal. Pour as much cereal as you want and then fill the milk up as high as you want to before the cereal spills out. How much is in there? Who knows...Katie does. Why? Because her life depends on it.
And now I'm asking for your help. There are two things you can do. First is money. We are supporting JDRF in their research and fight to find a cure for this disease. The money we raise does not go directly to Katie. But it goes to an amazing organization who's goal is simple...To create a World with out Diabetes.
The second way to show support is to come out and take a walk with us. On October 19, we will participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at Centennial Olympic Park. Come join Katie's Krew and show Katie that she will never walk alone in her fight for survival.
Thanks for your support!
Jason & Kristina
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