On July 29, 2010 our family's lives changed forever. Our two year old son Chris was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. It has been over a year since Chris' diagnosis, and we are still learning more and more about this disease every day. Chris will be insulin-dependent for the rest of his life. In the last seventeen months he has endured over 3,800 fingerpricks and 950 insulin injections. In addition to his rigorous blood testing and insulin shots, everything he consumes must be weighed and measured, and his blood levels need to be checked even while he sleeps and plays. Chris is usually always a trooper and rarely complains. He continues to learn how to check his own blood-sugar, and is brave enough to push in his shot sometimes too, with help from Mom & Dad! Chris continually amazes us and is a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, humility, and a positive attitude. As a family we do our best to learn more whenever we can about diabetes and do our best to teach Chris so he can learn to manage it as he grows. At times we can all get a little over-whelmed and tired of thinking about Diabetes, because it's always there, everyday, no matter what. There are many devastating diseases in our world right now. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. We have hope that sometime in Chris' life he will be able to say, "I used to have Type I Diabetes." It's our mission to avoid the heart and kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and early death that is a reality for many people with juvenile diabetes.
Something that has been very therapeutic for our family is getting involved with Diabetes fundraisers. As a family we have always found joy in Recreation and running road races. In fact Chris ran his first 1 mile kid race 1 week before he was diagnosed. Even though we have to keep a close eye on Chris and make sure his blood sugar is not getting too low, we still have found much joy in participating in these events. After hosting the Crazy Pancreas Race last year to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide, we have decided to make this an annual even for the City of Inkom. We received a lot of positive feedback about the race last year, and we can't wait till next year for some more fun!In addition we would like to add in one more race, The Crazy 10k! We would also like to be able to better educate the community about Type I Diabetes and the research going on to improve quality of life for those living with it every day.
Most of all we want to help the possibility of someday finding a cure.