My name is Julie Dee and I am running the New York Marathon for my two daughters Lauren and Nicole! As well as so many friends with type 1 diabetes. We need to find a cure! JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes through both research funding and advocacy.
Like I said in my poem ……
God has a Plan
I want to share our story and take a stand!
My goal is to raise $3,500.00 dollars
And educate the public about this disease, you will hear me holler!
Lauren and her friend started an organization during their senior year of high school. “Cupcakes for a Cure”. How ironic!! The purpose is to educate the public that a cupcake did not cause Lauren and Nicole to be diabetic. A cupcake can actually save their lives if their blood sugar is too low.
Now image a type 1 diabetic child getting a cupcake at a school birthday. Here is what they go through to eat that cupcake……
- Ask permission from the teacher to see the school nurse.
- Call their parent to see if they can have the cupcake. It may not be time for their snack.
- Prick their finger, test their blood. If number is in a good range 70 to 120 it should be ok. If their blood sugar is over 200 they would not be able to eat it until they can get their blood sugar down.
- If ok, now guess how many carbs are in the cupcake. Because carbs are not listed on a cupcake
- Now they have to have a shot. Or give insulin from their pump.
- Go back to class to eat the cupcake. Everyone is finished and they are the only one eating their cupcake. A very uncomfortable feeling.
As I have told my girls just bring it home or we will get a cupcake over the weekend!
I am a firm believer everyone deserves a cupcake. As a diabetic it maybe a little harder to have that cupcake but everyone has their challenges!
The worst comment you can make to a diabetic is “IF I EAT THAT I WILL GET DIABETES”!!!
We need to change the mind set of Type 1 Diabetes!!!
Everyone assumes if you eat too much sugar you are going to get type 1 diabetes. That is farthest from the truth. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disorder! It has nothing to do with what you eat. Your pancreas shuts down and no longer produces insulin.
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. In most people with type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet) cells in the pancreas. Genetics may play a role in this process, and exposure to certain environmental factors, such as viruses, may trigger the disease. Between me and my daughters here are the autoimmune disorders we suffer with….Type 1 diabetes, Celiac Disease, Hashimotos (thyroid), Graves’ disease, Arthritis, Sjogren’s Disease and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Help us find a cure!!!!!
We need to change the mind set of Type 2 Diabetes!!!
Everyone assumes if you eat an unhealthy diet and a sedentary life style you will get type 2 diabetes. Yes, you can get type 2 diabetes but there are so many other diseases if you live that type of life style such as… heart disease, liver disease and so many others. But type 2 has become a joke of unhealthy food and it is very hurtful. Diabetes can be hereditary. When you live with a disease and your body is fighting against itself it makes it very difficult to lose weight. Don’t you think everyone with type 2 diabetes would eat healthy and exercise and have an instant cure? It doesn’t work for everyone. Studies are starting to show that type 2 might be an autoimmune disorder,
Take a look at your family and friends who suffer with this disease and ask yourself, “do they deserve this ridicule?” Look at Tom Hanks, he is a type 2 diabetic. Does he fit the stereotype? How about Halle Berry??
As I am writing this letter my daughter Nicole just called. She is so frustrated because she wants to run. Her blood sugar is 102, an outstanding number but it took a juice and a granola bar to get to that number. A 3 mile run will only make her drop even more. She has had lows all day. So the decision is she cannot run today, because in the middle of the night she may even drop more. Between Lauren and Nicole they have both had dangerous lows this week in the middle of the night. Lauren 31 and Nicole 35. Yes it is a manageable disease. But once again it has to be managed. Meaning testing your blood when you wake up, at every meal, before you work out, sometimes during your work out, before you go to bed, in the middle of the night and every time you drive. That doesn’t even include the highs and lows!!!!! It takes a lot for a diabetic to run a marathon!!!!