Hi, my name is Kristine Rowe I am 13 and 2 years ago on June 26th, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 11. I had little knowledge about diabetes, due to the misunderstandings about the disease along with the young age. But, within those 2 years I have gained knowledge & understanding of the disease and its many complications. I have been teaching my friends and family about this disease, and I would be happy to teach you too! (:
here's some facts:
* t1d (type one diabetes) is when the immune system attacks the beta cells (insulin producing cells) which are located in the pancreas.
*insulin helps control the blood glucose and sugar/carbohydrates from food.
*because diabetics cannot produce insulin, they must give insulin shots or have an insulin pump, which is connected to the body 24/7.
*t1d canNOT be prevented or cured (..yet)
I personally wear an insulin pump and have to prick my finger to get a sample of blood for my glucose meter. Because I was diagnosed with diabetes at such a young age, I had to mature quickly and leave what little of my childhood I had. As a diabetic, you must check before bed, it's not something you can skip a couple times, because you just might not wake up in the morning. It's always there. Holidays. Birthday's. Parties. Vacations. School. Fieldtrips. Sick days. It will never leave until there is a cure.
As I grow older and beginning to think about my career choices, I have realized how much I have begun to enjoy the company of photography. As a result, I have started selling cards with my own pictures on them, for only $1. If you would like to purchase any cards, with the money being donated to JDRF, you may contact the number 315-598-6874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would also like to invite you to join my team, The Searchers, along with myself and my family on Saturday, September 27 in Longbranch Park, Liverpool, NY. If you are unableto attend, but would still wish to donate, you can donate through my webpage on the JDRF website or call 315-598-6874 or JDRF at 315-453-9327.