EVENT DATE: Sep 28, 2014
Chayse has had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for 5 years now. Let me tell you about the day we found out. Chayse had lost weight, actually a lot of weight. She was drinking large amounts of water and yet always seemed thirsty. She was constantly going to the bathroom. She looked tired all the time and constantly crabby. It wasn’t until spending the weekend at her Nana's, (who is also T1D), that the combination of these symptoms finally added up. Nana suspected that Chase had T1D and endured her first of many finger pokes. Long story short, three hospitals and an ambulance ride later, on July 10th, 2009 at the age of 4, Chayse was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes at U of M Mott Children's Hospital. Instantly, life had changed. All I could think is that my little girl is going to have to get multiple shots and finger pokes every day. I thought about all the foods she could no longer eat and the things she would never be able to do. My heart broke. A couple of days later we were released from the hospital and went home to a different lifestyle. I watched Chayse's courage in action with every poke and shot she had to endure. She showed me that T1D was no reason to stop her from having and doing anything she set her mind to do. Now five years later, Chayse is a beautiful, strong, healthy, energetic, funny, sweet and fearless little cheerleader. She has an insulin pump now that gives her freedom from so many injections. She inspires me to be a better person every day. I will walk this year, as I will for every year until they find a cure. Not just for her, but for every T1D person. Join our team, Chasin' Chayse, donate to our team, or just pass this on to your family and friends, but whatever you do, please pass the word about Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. You can also go to, http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/TeamChasinChayse or http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/ChasinChayse Thank you for your support.