Welcome to Elora's Page
I am asking you to support me in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® because this cause means so much to me. I joined Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes because it is one of the best ways to make a difference in people's lives, including our loved ones, families, friends and co-workers
Help Me Reach My Goal!
At the end of November, I was admitted to University of Pennsylvania ICU where I stayed for 5 days. I was unknowingly living in a life threatening condition for months. In ketoacidosis, my body was finally shutting down. I was diagnosed with a disease that changed my life forever. Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed in early childhood or in my case, in your mid twenties. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease in which the body's own cells destroy every insulin transporting cell in the pancreas. Unlike type 2 which can be improved with diet and exercise, my disease cannot. I need insulin everyday to live. Type 1 diabetes is called an invisible disease because to the naked eye, people do not know I am living with it and do not understand how fatal it can be. They do not see how extremely dangerous it is when my blood sugars are low, when I am uncontrollably shaking, sweating, disoriented and confused, praying I can get some sugar in me before it's too late. They do not see the long term effects it can cause when they are high, such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and earlier mortality. They do not see the emotional toll that it takes on me everyday. I can be confused, resentful, depressed, ashamed and afraid since my diagnosis but recently I have decided I will not let this disease define who I am. I will not let the numbers on my meter control my life.
In June, I was able to serve children who suffer with the same chronic disease I do. Volunteering as a camp counselor for Camp Freedom was the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life. It was also the most heartbreaking. Pricking my children's little fingers for blood sugars every few hours, getting them to drink juice in their sleep when they were low, and watching the painful effects, both physically and mentally, when they were high was almost unbearable. No child or parent, should ever have to go through this. On the last night of camp, I told my girls, "Now go out and change the world." I am so blessed to have an amazing family, friends, doctors and now a Type 1 Family who supports me and stands by me when I often times, do not feel like I am strong enough. I will continue to remind myself that God gave me this life because I am strong enough to live it. He sent me down this path for a reason and I am scared but excited for the journey. I will continue to hope and pray for a cure each day.
I am walking with the Camp Freedom Team to raise awareness, support research and hopefully to one day find a cure. I ask that you pray, support and donate to this cause, not just for me, but for my 12 year old girls, for the Camp Freedom family, for the 30 million Americans living with Diabetes and the 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1. Thank you in advance for your help to Stop Diabetes.
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