As many of you know, we have a very personal connection with this disease that affects millions of children and adults. Our 15 year old daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on September 19th, 2011. As a result, besides closely monitoring her diet and physical activity, Emily must test her blood sugar levels 5-12 times a day with a finger stick and take insulin through an insulin pump. For the first 6 months after diagnosis, Emily had at least 4 shots per day. Now she inserts an insulin catheter similar to an IV every 2-3 days. A needle is inserted into the skin, the needle retracts and leaves a tiny tube or catheter in the skin to deliver insulin via the pump. These are the physical considerations of her disease but there are also emotional implications that are even more heartbreaking as a parent. No parent wants to see their child struggle with being different and face a disease that haunts them every hour of every day. This disease has forever changed our lives. I have personally made a promise to my daughter that I will do everything I can to help find a cure. I will give of my time and finances but I need your help to truly make an impact.
We are so proud to see our daughter bravely face this disease daily with courage and a wonderful attitude. While the insulin pump has relieved Emily of taking shots daily, this disease is still an incredible responsibility for a 15 year old to handle and deal with constantly - every single minute of every single day. Before she can eat a meal she must check her blood sugar, calculate the amount of carbohydrates in her food, and give herself the necessary amount of insulin – every time she eats!! Before she can participate in physical activity, she must check her blood sugar in order to avoid her blood sugar dropping to a dangerous level. This cycle will continue every day for the rest of her life unless a cure is found. The long term complications of Diabetes include eye, skin, kidney, nerve and heart complications, as well as amputations. Type 1 Diabetics are also much more likely to have Thyroid problems or have other autoimmune diseases like Celiacs.
More information about Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is at the very bottom of the email.
In our attempt to encourage and support Emily and all those suffering with Diabetes, we have formed “Emily’s Peeps” (Team Digium) in order to do two things; 1) raise money to support the research required to find a cure, and 2) to provide Emily and others with support and let them know that they are not alone in the fight against Diabetes. The Walk is a place where they do not feel alone with their disease.
To accomplish our goal, we are actively recruiting anyone who would like to join us on our team and raise money in support of Emily and the overall Walk to Cure Diabetes.
When most people hear Diabetes, they think of Type 2 Diabetes which is different from Type 1. Type 2 can often be managed and eliminated with diet and exercise. Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. In this type of diabetes, a person’s pancreas produces little or no insulin. T1D occurs when the body’s own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with T1D must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it. Researchers are making great strides towards a cure and better treatments. Reference www.jdrf.org for more information.
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).