Dear Friends and Family,
As you may know, this summer I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). I would really love it if you will donate to my team, You & M.E. Together, and join me in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on September 28, 2013 at Bicentenniel Capital Mall in Nashville.
While my life is forever changed, I’m still the same M.E. I still love competitive cheerleading and spend tons of hours practicing with my team at Cheerville Athletics every week. I do really well at school, my favorites subjects being Social Studies and Science. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, singing enthusiastically to just about all music and have a passion for fashion. I love snuggling with my dog and hanging out with family. So you see, I’m basically just like everyone else my age. But here’s where I have to be different…
My pancreas has been irreversibly damaged by something I had no control over. It no longer works to create insulin for my body, allowing sugars in my blood to get to my cells to use as energy. So every day I have to give myself insulin shots with each meal or snack, prick my fingers to check my blood glucose levels more than 50 times a week- even in the middle of the night, and continuously count the carbs of every single thing I eat. And while I am completely able to eat whatever I want, events with food do cause stress because I have to discern what to eat, when and the possible negative results if I don’t take the right steps.
You see- I have to be constantly thinking about my health… all while trying to look as if none of this affects me and that I am just like every other “pancreas-still-working” person. But sadly, until Type One becomes Type NONE, this will be my world and the world of so many others with T1D.
Most days I am okay with this- no actually- I’m NEVER good with this… but it is my reality and I have no choice in the matter. I either do these things or risk a far worse alternative. So I do, at times… kick and scream, and pout and cry- but another thing I choose to do is be positive and hopeful, for I know I am not alone and that there CAN BE a cure for this disease.
Already, I want to become a youth assistant at the Vanderbilt Clinic by helping others that have been newly diagnosed. In the future, I would like to attend Vanderbilt University and continue to work with those affected and to help eradicate T1D entirely. But for now, I am committed to this JDRF Walk. Helping raise money to find ways to make daily life easier and ultimately a cure also gets me steps closer to my own life goals. I am hoping you will help me.
I encourage you to sign up, donate and come walk with me this year. I know that the Walk will be a lot of fun and I also know that YOU can make a difference. Please visit walk.jdrf.org and search for my team name, You & M.E. Together, to make a donation or join my team as a fundraiser and supporter today.
Sincerely, McKenna (M.E.) Smythe
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Your contribution and fundraising makes sure those with T1D live healthier lives today, and someday, a life free of T1D. Wyatt, a JDRF Youth Ambassador says:
Take the first step and be a hero to someone with T1D!