Hope: Diabetes Supplies Art by Manny Hernandez
I was diagnosed at 17 with Juvenile Diabetes (now commonly known as Type 1 Diabetes because onset isn’t strictly confined to childhood) and this year marks my 11th year living with the condition. Last week Nick and I decided to take part in the Bridge to Brisbane fun run as part of the #BTUB group, and we also decided to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in the lead up to the event.
Despite many T1D people being promised a cure a decade ago, it’s still no where near materialised. Type 1 also seems to get lost in all the press releases and scare mongering about diabetes, when they’re actually referring to Type 2! As a result, a lot of misconceptions abound about these two groups of sufferers and I have a horrible feeling that funds are being channeled away from research for a T1 cure as well.
If you’d like to donate to my fundraising effort for JDRF, I really, really, really appreciate it. In very real ways. It’s not just that I have to stab myself x times a day: it’s feeling like I’m a freak, having to discretely inject when I’m out, explaining why I have sharps in my bag when I fly (with a medical certificate!), and always being prepared for the possibility that my blood sugar might go low at the most inopportune of times (I’ve lost jobs in the past because I’ve had a hypo during phone calls or interviews)!
You can donate here via my Everyday Hero page and help the JDRF find a cure. I’m aiming for AUD$1000 – eep! Thank you SO SO much for supporting a cause that I have such a personal investment in :)