✨Jaxon’s pancreas may have given up,
but we never will! ✨
Welcome to Jaxon’s Squad! It’s our first year walking with JDRF here in the Tampa Bay area and we hope you join us!
September 17, 2020 changed our lives forever. Our sweet boy was just 12 days away from turning four years old yet here we were sitting in a hospital room with doctors and nurses rushing to surround his bedside while telling us things that made no sense. It was in the middle of the Covid Pandemic where at first, only one parent was allowed inside. They quickly saw that I was also pregnant, and brought Jason back to be with us. Machines were beeping left and right, Jax was fading in and out, they couldn’t get a vein for an IV, our anxiety was indescribable, and we felt absolutely helpless. As I sat there numb and in shock, Jason and I heard the words, “diabetic ketoacidosis” and “he’s going to be okay.” By the grace of God, there was a life raft for us to cling onto!
To say the next few days were a whirlwind.. is an understatement. As we held his hand through the endless hours in the ICU, watching the nurses poke his fingers repeatedly, checking his vitals, checking everything.. I asked myself, “how’d we miss this!?”.. No one in our family has Type 1 Diabetes therefore we didn’t know the warning signs, but I knew I had to stop feeling guilty for something that was clearly out of our control in order to focus on what was coming next!
On discharge day, Jaxon went from clinging to life to indulging in pancakes, eggs, bacon, and a glass of cold milk! Our boy was back! We knew we had a long road ahead of us, but there was nothing we could do except to keep moving forward!
Fast forward 1 year and a few months, Jaxon Garfield is our little rockstar! He’s an open book who wears his heart on his sleeve. Some days are harder when it comes to managing his T1D but none the less, he’s first in line to introduce himself to the new kid on the playground and loves showing off his wearable devices! He’s an energetic 5 year old who loves all things outer space, swimming, riding his bike, enjoys sweets just like the other kiddos, and live his life with so much passion, curiosity, drive, and is an amazing big brother to his little sister, Aria! We are so incredibly proud of him, and can’t wait to celebrate all of his accomplishments with our friends and family at this years walk!
We have gone from daily finger pokes to a CGM that we change out every ten days.
We’ve gone from daily insulin shots to an insulin pump that we change out every three days.
We’ve gone from being in despair to being involved with a strong and helpful community in JDRF.
We are still counting carbs and calculating doses 24/7.
We continue to educate family, friends, neighbors, and teachers about Jaxon & his T1D.
There are countless sleepless nights due to low and high numbers needing to be treated.
We are always stocked with bananas and juices.
We are braver now than we were then.
All because we are T1D Strong.
Here’s some facts & information about T1D:
With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope. And that’s why our team is supporting the JDRF One Walk this year.
There is nothing anyone can do to prevent T1D. Presently, there is no known cure.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. The cause of this attack is still being researched, however scientists believe the cause may have genetic and environmental components.
Type 1 diabetes is a 24/7 disease that requires constant management. People with T1D continuously and carefully balance insulin intake with eating, exercise and other activities. They also measure blood-sugar levels through finger pricks, ideally at least six times a day, or by wearing a continuous glucose monitor.
Even with a strict regimen, people with T1D may still experience dangerously high or low blood-glucose levels that can, in extreme cases, be life threatening. Every person with T1D becomes actively involved in managing his or her disease.
We hope you will join our team or donate to our fundraising goal! By joining the JDRF One Walk, you'll be part of the lasting footprint we'll make for the T1D community now, and for generations to come.
Thank you for your support!