I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) just before I turned 8, when I was in 2nd grade. When you go through something like that, you don't know what to think and the only thing that keeps you going is the amazing and supportive people in your life. I have been very fortunate seeing as all of my friends and family have been rock stars when it comes to Diabetes.
In honor of my living with this chronic illness for 5 years, I'm participating in JDRF One Walk to raise money to transform the lives of all of us living and dealing with with type T1D, day in and day out.
This year, I'm asking my friends and family to join my Diabetes community and show your support by walking with us, and donating, if you can. (Please come on the walk even if you don't donate!)
When you have T1D, your body stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Even with the most vigilant disease management and good technology, a significant portion of my day is spent with high or low blood-sugar levels, which can lead to constant ups and downs in mood, and the inability to participate in school, activities, sports and fun. Many of you often lend support when I need to stop and eat sugar, rest or change my pump. (Thank you!)
Even though all the past fundraising and research has lead to less long-term complications like kidney failure, heart attack and blindness, these things still lurk.
With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. This is what makes it so, so hard. It never ends...but there is hope.
You’re part of that hope. By donating you can support life-changing research that helps people with T1D live healthier and longer, and hopefully with your continued love and support a cure will found (and then, I promise, you can eat all my gummies!).
It's always hard to fundraise (there are so many worthy causes out there), so give if you want but definitely come join me on the walk. It's hard to put into words how wonderful it is to have my T1D and non-T1d community all together.