Welcome to Team Oliver's JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
Type 1 Diabetes – also known as one of the many obstacles in my life. I was 13 when I found out about this disease. It was August 2, 2012.
It was the summer of 2012 when I found out about my chronic disease. I noticed how I was constantly drinking. My friend and I timed myself to see how fast I could chug a large Gatorade. 45 seconds. It took me a consecutive 45 seconds to drink that. I was even nicknamed Camel at one of my summer church camps that summer. Also, I lost 15 pounds in a short period of time. Of course, being the self conscious 13 year old girl, at first I was happy to lose a few pounds but it happened very suddenly so I was also worried. My mom was very worried. I mean what parent wouldn’t be concerned at a sudden weight loss. My dad, who works for Monsanto, was halfway around the WORLD when we discovered I had diabetes. One of my biggest worries about going to the doctor was getting my finger pricked. At the doctor’s office they checked my blood sugar and I was over 500. When I realized I had to immediately go to the Emergency Room I was so mad because I was going to have to cancel my good friend’s surprise birthday party.
I spent three days and two nights in the hospital. When I arrived my blood sugar was 653. I was very lucky that we went to the doctor that day. I learned about carbohydrates, keytones, the “lows” and “highs” of life with diabetes. I am a Freshman cheerleader and very active but often times I have to stop what I am doing to check my blood sugar to make sure I am ok.
Throughout this year of diabetes I have learned to accept it. I can’t let this disease define or destroy me. I have to let it somehow strengthen me. Even though Type 1 Diabetes has no cure, I am praying everyday for one. Thanks to JDRF for all the progress they make daily thanks to your support and donations.
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Please join Team Oliver on October 6 on the Upper Muny Parking Lot at St. Louis' beautiful Forest Park. You can come directly to the Team Oliver Tent (congregation point "O") to join Anna, her family, friends and many supporters!!!!
The walk begins at 10 am, walkers usually arrive after 8:30 am.
Our team color is DARK BLUE... please wear a blue shirt (or something blue to represent Team Oliver)
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!
|Monsanto - Team Oliver - Join Team||Raised|
|Denotes a Team Captain|
Annemieke De Wilde & Filip Everaert
Kim and Andy Kuchan
Leslie Manula - Team Oliver
Management Team Enkhuizen
Mark & Phyllis Zust
Mr. Chad Peters
Mr. Doug James
Mr. Jeff Jenkins
Mr. Jim Kinnett
Mr. Kenneth Mitchell Avery
Mr. Kevin Lawrence
Mr. Mark Martino
Mr. Samuel C Oliver
Mr. Severino Altamirano
Mrs. Lisa A Lange
Mrs. Veronica Zust
Ms. Karen K Gabbert
The Alver Family