Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
On a sunny day in May 2000, the doctor handed us a baby girl and we knew our lives had changed forever. Twelve years later we sat across from another doctor who told us Lauren had type 1 diabetes, and our lives changed again. Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which Lauren's immune system attacked the cells that make insulin in her pancreas. Lauren no longer makes insulin and the only way to keep her alive and health is to provide insulin through injections Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
Lauren's day starts with her waking up and testing her blood sugar through finger sticks. If she is in range, she eats breakfast while calculating her carbohydrate intake through measuring and complicated math (including fractions!). She then has to give herself insulin and rush out to catch the bus. At school, Lauren has to leave class to go to the office to test her blood sugar before lunch and then go back to the office to give herself her insulin shot. School rules require that Lauren test her blood sugar before she can be transported on the bus, so it is back to the office she goes, during math class, to test her sugar again. If her blood sugar is to low, family has to come and pick her up, if she is in range, she gets on the bus and goes home. If, at any time during the day Lauren feels her blood sugar gets low, she has to have a peer walk her to the office so she can treat her low with fast and slow carbohydrates. Having Type 1 diabetes makes middle school just a little bit more awkward than it already is. More blood sugar checks before dinner and before bedtime. If her blood sugar is below 100 at 9pm, the dreaded 2am blood sugar is scheduled. You don't know cranky until you wake a teenager up at 2 am to prick her finger!
What we have learned in the last 6 months is that there is as much science as there is magic in finding the right dose of insulin to keep Lauren's blood sugar in range. Foods effect the absorption of insulin at different rates, so we still check if she feels low and check if she feels high. We fear the very low and the very high. We test for ketones (byproducts in the urine that are an indicator Lauren could be in diabetic ketoacidosis) and watch for nausea. Mood changes are the sign of both high and low blood sugar, so many times we have asked for a blood sugar check to determine if Lauren is being a "teenager" or if her blood sugar is out of range.
Since the day of her diagnosis, we have been welcomed into this community of children with Type 1 diabetes and to the JDRF. JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges Lauren's life with T1D, which, as we have described, involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising. If you can't join our team, consider a simple donation to help support the fight for a cure. Every single donation, no matter how small, helps Lauren realize that she is not alone in this fight.
Thank you for your support,
Sarah Dickens, T1D Mom and Chief Ketone Cop
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Drs Howard and Shannon Houser
James Henry Cooks
Mr. and Mrs. James S Brown III
Mr. Graem Egan Merritt
Mr. Michael Alan Merritt
Mrs. Leanne Rene Merritt
Ms. Sarah H Dickens
Ms. Sarah H Dickens
Ms. Tina Fujita
Ms. Tracie Hampton-Free
Taffy the diabetic cat :)
The Alabama whites
Walk Day Donations
Warren & Katherine Weed