Getting back to the reason I started this blog. (And if you don't want to read all of this.... at least scroll down to the bottom to watch a little video that will take about 3:30 minutes of your day.)
My Bug has type 1 diabetes.
I started out hating diabetes and that feeling has only grown as we have gotten to know each other better. I still hate you, diabetes. There is nothing I can do to fix it, heal it, make it go away. But I can raise awareness and money and send it all in the right direction.
For our family, that right direction is JDRF; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The money we raise for JDRF goes toward raising awareness of a need for a cure and to research. Those labs filled with scientists and doctors, spending all day thinking, planning, working, and losing sleep over the need for a cure for type 1.
They are close. But not close enough.
The little box that Bug wears strapped around her waist is most definitely not a cure. We stick her with a giant needle every 3 days so we can "plug her in". She lives every second of every day with a little clear tube hanging from her site and attached to her insulin pump. And we have to make her tiny fingers bleed every 3 hours so we can decide if she can have a snack, or lunch, or a glass of milk.
As a parent you go to every length to protect your kids from dirt and germs and mean kids and bad dreams and Spongebob Squarepants. I can't protect her from this or make this go away, or fix it, or take it for her. I can't even reason with it or blame it on something.
There is no cure for type 1 diabetes.... at least for today, there is no cure.
Help us make this mess go away. Join us in spirit or in person.
To register or donate: walk.jdrf.org
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Dickey Stephens Park
North Little Rock, AR