Welcome to Step Out in Keeneland!
WHY DO YOU WALK?
Meet Sadie Miller, one of our 2015 Step Out Youth Ambassadors!
“My family will never forget the date of January 28, 2013. It was the day that I, Sadie Miller, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. In the couple of weeks prior, I had been complaining of stomach aches and had even gotten sick a few times. My mom and dad had decided that I must have a stomach virus and just having trouble getting over because one day I would be sick and the next I was fine. It wasn't until a very scary episode did we really think that it was something more serious. It was a Saturday and I had not eaten all day but we were going to a birthday party so I thought I would feel better by then. While at the birthday party I was fine until I drank some punch. It seemed like right away I started feeling sick. I wouldn't leave the trash can because I thought I was going to get sick. While on our way home from the party, I got really pale and really tired. I fell asleep in the car at about 4:00 p.m. When we arrived home I got right out of the car and got into bed. I did not wake up until the next day around noon. That was when my mom and dad thought something might be wrong. Since the doctor's office was not open on Sunday, we waited until Monday morning. When the doctor came in to see me, we told him all of my symptoms. He too thought they were strange. He informed us that first he was going to check my urine. After checking my urine, he came back with a weird look on his face. He said that it did not look good but he wanted to check my blood sugar. The monitor read 368. To me that was a foreign language. We asked the doctor what that meant; he said that my blood sugar should be between 80 and 170. He informed us that he was admitting me to UK Children's hospital because my urine indicated that I had large Ketones, and my health was in danger. My mom immediately broke into tears. She had heard about Type 1 Diabetes and knew that it was life-long and a very hard disease, especially for young children. He also informed us that I had lost 11 pounds in a very short amount of time. After arriving at UK Children's Hospital, they started me on an insulin drip and checked my blood sugar every 2 hours. They informed us that my A1C was 11.2 and explained what that meant. Evidently I was much more sick than my parents could have imagined. After a day of treatment, I was starting to feel better. The doctors and nurses were so helpful and informative. They showed us everything we needed to do and didn't let us leave until they knew that we had it right. It was now time to try this at home and it turned our world upside down! But I really feel like I adjusted quickly. After just a couple of weeks, I was giving my own shots. I check my blood sugar 7-12 times a day by pricking my finger and I used to take at least 4 shots of insulin a day, but now I have an insulin pump. I also wear a continuous glucose monitor that keeps track of my blood sugar and tells me when I am dropping too low or going really high. All of these things to make my life a little easier, can all be traced back to the American Diabetes Association. They raise money every day to aid in the research of diabetes and advancement in treatments. I hope one day there is a cure for type 1 Diabetes. Your Step Out donations go to the ADA and in turn… is helping kids just like me every day! Thank you!”
We Step Out to do our part to Stop Diabetes! Participants are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.
Step Out participants are committed to walk and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they walk among us in our lives and at the event.
Once you register, you'll be given your very own web page and will have access to lots of tools to help you fundraise your Step Out Center. You'll be able to customize the page with your reason for walking, send emails to ask others to join you or donate, and even download Facebook and smart phone apps. And of course, your Step Out Specialists (ADA staff) will be here to help all along the way!