I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the AMAZING kids with Type 1 on our JDRF Walk team.....
Most of you know BRYCE already. He was diagnosed 10/28/08 at 3 and a half years old. Almost 2 years later, he does not remember life without diabetes. While bg numbers, carb counts, and insulin amounts swim though MY mind all day long, Bryce is just a super active, fun-loving, "dare-devil" of a kindergartner who just happens to test his blood sugars and wear an insulin pump.
GABRIELLA is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. She went to Kindergarten with our oldest son, Jaden. When Bryce was diagnosed that year, Gabriella's mom, Maria, reached out to me and was a huge support as I learned about this new life we were beginning with diabetes. Since then, we have remained very close and continue to see each other every week. Gabriella was diagnosed at 3 and a half years old...more than half her life has been with type 1.
JULES is 5 years old and in Kindergarten. Bryce and I were at the diabetes clinic the day Jules was diagnosed in March 2009. My heart went out to her mom, Janet, because I knew the feeling of complete shock she had to be experiencing. I only had a few minutes to talk to her that day but was thrilled to see her a couple months later at a coffee group put together by JDRF.
KATE is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. While diabetes was no stranger in their house (her father has been type 1 for 22 years), her diagnosis in August 2009 was still a huge adjustment for everyone. Her mom, Karen, has become a regular at the JDRF coffee groups and someone I look forward to seeing every month.
While our team is walking WITH these 4 awesome kids, we are walking FOR ALL kids and adults living with type one. With your help and support, we will get closer to that cure so that one day they can say "I HAD diabetes!!"