Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Message From Sarah

Hi Everyone.

Mum and I are participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, an event that raises money to fund vital research into finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

As you know, our family has been directly affected by this chronic illness and it is still a constant struggle. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is not caused by diet or lifestyle or through any fault of the sufferer. It can strike at any age but often occurs in childhood. Every day, five more Australians are diagnosed with the disease.

Type 1 diabetes affects every aspect of a person’s life and has a huge impact on families such as mine. A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means constant finger prick tests and insulin injections, up to six times a day. This happens seven days a week, 365 days of the year. There are no sleep-ins, no holidays and no
time off. Just today Mum had to check my blood sugars 12 times! Children don’t grow out of type 1 diabetes and the threat of dangerous blood sugar highs and lows is
always present.

Perhaps the hardest aspect of the disease for us to deal with is the potential of long-term health complications. Even with the best care and management, people with type 1 diabetes often face complications such as blindness, heart disease, stroke and kidney damage.

That is why I am asking for your support. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes raises money to fund the best and most
promising Australian research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and help
families like mine.

Please give as much as you can – all donations, regardless of amount will bring us closer to a cure. To visit my personal fundraising web page click on the link below. When you donate a receipt will be automatically generated.

Thanks for listening to me, back to bed now, Mum is just about to come and take my BSL again!

1 comment:

Sue said...

Hello, I have just read your blog and my heart truly goes out to you and your family...
After reading your blog I was wondering if you have heard of Quilts 4 kids. We make Quilts for special children like your daughter. It is made as a gift and of no expense to you and your family. The quilts bring a little joy into the child's life and is used as a every day item and most importantly taken with them every time they go into hospital. Please consider registering your daughter. It is very simple to do . thoughts and prayers will always be with you.. luv Sue