We will turn Type One into Type None.
My name is Sarah and I was diagnosed with juvenile (Type 1) diabetes at just 8 years old. I had never even heard the word diabetes, let alone understand how this would affect me for my entire life. Although my parents and other family members could not have been more supportive, I felt as though I couldn’t be a true child anymore. I couldn’t go to a birthday party and eat cake with the other kids, enjoy my Halloween candy, or cool off with an ice cream on a hot summer day. Everyone did their best to keep my life as “normal” as possible, but I still felt different from everyone else.
After being diagnosed, I began injections for which I had to draw up the insulin myself for, 5 times a day. Technology improved and I was able to use “pre-loaded” doses. In the 25 years since I was diagnosed, research has continued to improve diabetes care and I am now blessed with a censored insulin pump which I can’t imagine not having now. It gives me more freedom and allows me to forget, at least for a few minutes, that I have diabetes.
At 24 years old, I had to have surgery due to complications from my diabetes. The doctors told me I would never be able to have children as a result where my body would not be strong enough to carry a child. I dedicated myself to get healthier and pleaded with my doctors to let me try, just once, to have a child of my own. After months of difficult conversations, they finally agreed! Through careful monitoring, I had a healthy pregnancy and have a spunky 4 year old daughter which I credit to the advances in diabetes management made possible by the continual research in the healthcare industry.
In 2013, with the desire to make a direct impact on what affects my health, with the help of my family and friends, I organized a local Walk to Cure to benefit the JDRF. Our freshman year was hugely successful and we immediately went to work on planning year 2. After 3 years, when momentum died down a bit, we made a couple of big changes and had another stellar year in 2016. The fundraiser in 2018 was our largest yet!
Every penny raised at this event will be donated to JDRF.