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I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 10 years old. Most people without diabetes know that diabetics have to take insulin, watch what they eat, and check their blood sugar. But what most people don't know is that diabetes is a 24/7 commitment. For the past 14 years, I've spent days and nights watching and maintaining blood sugar levels, tweaking insulin dosages, changing insulin pump sites, and sticking myself with myriad needles. Diabetes doesn't care if you're asleep, if it's late at night or early in the morning, or if you have things to do. And it has become routine for me; it's a part of my life now. But I dream of a day when I won't have to worry about any of that.
One day, I want to go running without having watch what I eat and my insulin dosages hours in advance. I don't want to have to worry about days where I'm not productive at work, because I have a bad pump site and my blood sugar is high. And I want to be able to unteather myself from the three devices that I wear all day, every day, to keep myself alive.
Although I'm happy with the diabetes treatment technology today, I look forward to a day when insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and blood glucose meters will be obsolete. And I also recognize that none of those devices would be what they are today without the efforts of the American Diabetes Association.
The ADA directly touched my life by creating and running Camp Carolina Trails. CCT is a summer camp in North Carolina that I have gone to - first as a camper, now as a volunteer counselor - since I first got diabetes. The people I met there have shown me how to live with diabetes, and make me proud to refer to myself as "diabetic" rather than "person with diabetes". I have no doubt that I would never have become who I am today without CCT, which is why I fly back twice a year to volunteer my time. The amazing people at CCT are my family, and owe them a lot.
So please, if you can spare even just a few dollars, donate to my campaign, to someone else's campaign, or straight to the American Diabetes Association. Know that you won't only be helping search for a cure for Diabetes, but that you will be easing the burden of millions of people with diabetes while a cure is found.
I truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!
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