Hi All -
Today seemed like an appropriate day to sit down and complete my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes letter. This day 13 years ago, complications from JDRF took my grand(mother)'s life, I was 20 and my world was never the same.
I cannot put into words how it felt watching someone die from this disease.
I would watch her prick her finger several times a day...she would check her fingers to see which one "looked good" meaning one she thought she could squeeze an ample amount of blood out of because her fingers had such poor circulation from the disease, and the "good fingers" had healing prick marks. I would watch her inject insulin into her bruised belly; and, witness her slip into diabetic shock bc technology was not quite there to better monitor. Over the years, thanks to research several things have improved...the insulin is a better quality, no longer pig or cow insulin; there are continuous glucose monitors that take measurements of sugar levels every 2 seconds thus requiring minimal blood avoiding constant prick marks; and there are monitors that provide a constant delivery of insulin to a person's body which reduces diabetic shocks and needle marks in his/her belly.
My goal is to raise money to find a cure, so children do not have to have a life sentence with this disease. My grandmother's doctor said that even though she was 69 when she died, you should tack on another 10 years to that, as juvenile diabetes ages one's body that much.
I have never been one to ask people to make a donation to something, but I believe this is a good cause and children should be able to be children, and be able to eat a lollipop, ice-cream cone, or fruit snacks without having to worry his/her sugar will spike to an unsafe level (worry about the dentist maybe but not diabetes)!
In closing, any donation you could make will help.
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