My son, Jacob, was diagnosed with T1D just over a year ago, when he was 2 and a half years old.
It was such a relief to finally find out what was wrong after all that time. The nurses and doctors at the Calgary Children's Hospital were a godsend. They literally saved my son's life, and I cannot thank them enough.
After Jacob started receiving insulin & proper treatment, things were looking brighter everyday. Becoming healthy changed him so much... I felt like I was seeing the real Jacob. When he was sick he was so unhappy and the life was being sucked out of him. Although this meant changing our lives and schedules completely, it was worth it for my wonderful little boy.
As grateful as I am to see my son healthy & alive, it's still not fair that he has to go through certain things day-to-day. He's only 3 years old & doesn't even understand what diabetes is. Yet, he's already accepted it as part of who he is... it breaks my heart to see my baby take the fake needle out of his play Doctor's kit, stick it in his leg, and say, "I'm giving myself my needle, mommy."
Jacob has to receive 4 injections per day (which sometimes bleed and even bruise), numerous finger pricks, and is on a pretty strict diet. I have to worry about whether or not his sugar is getting low when he's running around playing, or wonder if he had too many carbohydrates and will need extra insulin. His arms & legs are getting too fatty from scarred tissue build-up, so we're hoping we can get him an insulin pump very soon.
I wish that I was the one who had this disease. I wish I could take it away from my little boy, but I don't have that power.
The power I do have, is to help this cause... the cause to find a cure for diabetes so every child (& adult!) who suffers from this can live a normal & healthy life with no worries or restrictions.
Every little bit helps, & I am truly grateful to all of you who are willing to support... even if you want to do the walk in your community! See when it's happening, sign up, and raise money!
If you can't do the walk, even a $5 pledge is important to me! Because $5 x 30 people = $150... and that's half my goal! It doesn't matter how much you can afford, it's the love and support behind the donation.
Together we can all fight to give our loved ones, and other people's loved ones, the change to live life they deserve; a normal life w/o disease, struggle, worry, & pain.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support!
Anna & Jacob jdrfca.donordrive.com/particip…