Like everyone else with type 1 diabetes (T1D), I have had a life changing experience. Mine was 6 years ago at the age of 8. I was getting up to use the bathroom a lot in the middle of the night, getting angry at friends for no reason, and having headaches and stomach aches often. There were times when I wasn't myself and times when I did things I would regret doing later. After an extremely tough week, my mom decided to take me to my pediatrician, who said I had type 2 diabetes. After meeting with an endocrinologist at Lucile Packard at Stanford, I found out I had type 1 diabetes. I was so confused with my diagnosis and overwhelmed by the idea that I had a disease! I wondered if I would be able to do all the same things I could do before. My parents and I found out I was lucky. We caught the symptoms early and I didn't have to go to the hospital like so many kids do. We stayed at Lucile Packard for 4 hours and then we were able to go home. My parents and I were afraid to go home and they were nervous about taking care of me. I wondered if I could do all the same things I could do before. I learned a lot in those 4 hours, that I would have to have injections of insulin many times of day, measure my food and count carbohydrates, that I would have to be careful when I exercised, and that I would have to take precautions with nearly everything I did. Since being diagnosed, I have pricked my finger over 9300 times, lost over 1200 hours of sleep, and had over 650 pump changes. There have been times when I have been very frustrated with having T1D. Sometimes I have to miss out on doing activities like sports or hanging out with my friends because my blood sugar is too high or too low.
However, there are also great experiences I have had because of T1D. One of those experiences is the JDRF One Walk. The morning after I was diagnosed, my mom and I were watching TV and the JDRF One Walk came on the screen. We were shocked that something about T1D was on TV! That moment was one of the most important moments in my life because I realized that I had to do something in this fight. We have walked 5 years in a row and it has become my favorite day of the year. That's because I have also realized that I am not alone in this struggle. I've learned that people like you will support me if I ask. It's truly that wonderful and that simple. Our team has grown to 75 people and we have a raised a total of over $150,000 so far. I am so grateful and proud of my community's support in funding for a cure.
I LOVE JDRF because they have big plans for the future. I have big plans for my own future and need JDRF to keep working towards a cure, and until that time, keep funding research that makes my life and the lives of others with T1D, so much easier. If JDRF is to keep funding research, I need people to donate. I want a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. I want it for myself, my family, and for the millions of people around the world affected by it.
Will you please help me? Please join my team and walk, donate, or both. I hope to see you there on my favorite day of the year!!! Thank you for your support. It means so very much to me!
My video for JDRF Children's Congress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpp3wGTxHUk
My video to get new families to walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xdw388iS27w
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).