It is time! It is finally time that I begin raising awareness to a disease that I have had to learn to live with now for 25 years, since the early age of 9! IT is a disease that strikes children at a young age,it can strike as they are teenagers, as they are young adults and sometimes adults. IT is a disease that doesn't care if you are trying hard to control it, it will make you try harder. IT is a disease that will make you constantly in check of what you are eating, drinking, thinking and doing! It is a disease that made me different than everyone else. IT is a disease I've tried hiding at times. IT is a disease that that lurks in my life everyday as I test my blood sugars 4 to 8 times a day. IT is a disease that everyone gets mixed up with Type 2 diabetes. IT is a disease that people feel the need to tell you what they think you should be eating and drinking. IT is a disease that is manageable, and more manageable now than it was 25 years ago. IT is a disease that still does not have a cure. IT is a disease that needs more research and resources to help people like me live life to the fullest. IT is Type 1 diabetes. I am 34 years old now, a mother of two wonderful boys and a wife to an amazing husband who all support me in our crazy adventures of life. I live every day trying to make sure I stay healthy for my family. I have to make sure I have the appropriate amount of insulin in my pump at all times. I have to make sure my blood sugar is not dropping too quickly, or rising too quickly, or worry about if my insulin is getting into my body or not getting into my body because of a pump malfunction. I have to worry about why my blood sugar is high when I didn't do anything wrong. I have to check my blood sugar before running or working out to make sure I am in the right range to not have a low blood sugar or too high of a blood sugar. I have to adjust accordingly. I have to worry about what this disease has done to my heart, my blood vessels, my brain over the years when maybe not as well controlled as it should have been. I have to worry about every little change in my body and wondering if there is something going wrong. I stress constantly and always head for a doctors in fear of something. Diabetes -Type 1 is a disease that I will live with for the rest of my life. I will control it and it will not control me. I see so many children beginning their lives with this horrible disease. I see their parents reaching out for help on where to begin this journey. It brings me back to the fear I had and I saw my parents have of what would my life be like. What would our life be like? Would I be okay? How long would live? What complications would we run into? This road hasn't been easy. IT has been a day to day constant struggle of denial, anxiety, frustration! I want to talk to these kids and tell them this is a tough road and you cannot forget about it, but you can live your life and do what you want. You just have to be mindful. I want to hug the parents and say you have got a tough job but in the long run, this disease will make you and your child much stronger! Recently, I have taken up running as a stress reliever and a hobby. I have supported so many other causes, from different cancers, breast, retinoblastoma, leukemia to other community fundraising events running 5k's to my first relay half marathon this past Spring. It is now time that I run for this disease that is taking over millions of children's and families lives! I want these children to know they will be okay! Without the help and funding and research from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation(JDRF), we wouldn't be where we are today! We wouldn't be so close to a cure, we wouldn't have the resources there are today. I would still probably be taking several shots a day as opposed to looking down at my life line ( my insulin pump) to see what my bloodsugar is doing at that moment. I am running my first half marathon after 25 years of living with Type 1 diabetes and raising money and awareness for what my life is about! I am running to give courage, hope, confidence and strength to the children, young adults and adults being diagnosed with this disease every day! If you would like to support me, it would mean the world to me. If you cannot donate, consider joining the JDRF team to raise money and awareness.