Welcome to our JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team page!
Life with T1D from Emily's perspective........please take a moment to read. She is an amazing young lady who has taken this challenge head on. Please join us in finding a cure!
My name is Emily Burnside. I am 10 years old and I have Type 1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed at the age of 7, June 21, 2011. I remember not feeling good. I enjoy running, playing outside, playing soccer. When they found out I had diabetes all I would do is want to sleep and drink a lot of water. My mom took me to the doctor to find out what was wrong. They did lots of quick test in my doctor's office but then poked my finger to test my blood sugar. They then had me go use the bathroom in a cup. After I did both of those the doctor came and told my mom, "she has type 1 diabetes". I was really scared and started crying because I didn't understand. All I knew was my mom looked really worried and had tears in her eyes. The doctor said we would have to go to the hospital right away. I remember while we were waiting to leave the doctor's office my mom held me in her lap and she prayed for us. She asked God to be with us and help us with the road that was just put in front of us. I kept crying, I didn't feel good, I didn't understand really what was going on. I spent the next 5 days in the hospital, it wasn't fun.
After we came home my mom and dad showed me life is still normal, just a new normal as we call it. I have to poke my finger at least 5 times a day to test my blood sugar. At first I had a minimum of 5 shots a day. And let me add before my diagnosis and still now I hate taking medicine. Mom tells the story of right before I was diagnosed dad was chasing me through the house to take children's motrin and now will have to give me 5 shots a day. But in January of 2012 I got on an insulin pump. I use an Omnipod pump now. It is great because I don't have to get shots anymore unless my blood sugar is really high.
I have learned to deal with a lot and I am only 10. I wish I didn't have to come in early from recess to check my blood sugar before lunch, I wish I could just eat what I wanted without having any idea of what the 'carb' amount is in it. What 10 year old should have to deal with knowing 'carb' amounts or insulin doses or poke their finger! I want it all to stop and a cure to be found. I want this all to go away and be able to be a normal kid like my friends. My mom and dad make life as normal as possible but they can't make this disease go away. I want to support and have you support JDRF to help with funding for a cure for me and other kids like me. We want to just eat whatever, not have to poke our fingers and just be normal. Until a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is found this cannot happen and to find a cure we need funding for research. Living with Type 1 Diabetes is scary, not fun and a pain. It is also really expensive for my parents so please help support funding and find a cure.
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Dr. Shounak Das
Jack & Linda Harris
Lone Star HS FCA