Many of you know that I have been living with type 1 diabetes since April 19, 1991. This year - 2011 - marks my 20th diaversary. As I was diagnosed at the age of 2, I don't remember a life without it. However, with the research JDRF is funding, I am really looking forward to a life without it.
Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-long condition that currently has no cure. Insulin is a treatment - and something I have delivered to me 24/7 by an insulin pump. Before switching to a pump, I calculated I had done almost 20,000 injections. Everyday, I have to carefully balance insulin, food, exercise, stress, temperature, illness etc - all of these factors impact my blood glucose. To keep myself safe from future complications such as blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation, I am constantly striving to keep myself in a 'safe' range of blood glucose. (note: this is impossible to do all the time).
I'm also a wuss. Who is afraid of heights. Which is why I figure if I'm going to do something that will get people to put their hands in their pockets and donate to JDRF, I should definitely, absolutely throw myself out of a plane. (note: I will be attached to someone and I am reassured a parachute will appear at some point). I'll be doing it on September 23rd at Sibson Airfield - weather dependent (as in, I'll do it on another date if the weather isn't good on the 23rd).
So please - the one thing I want more than anything in the world is a cure for this stupid condition. Help get JDRF that one step further and sponsor me?
JDRF are the world's largest charitable funders of research into type 1 diabetes, looking at the treatment, prevention and ultimately the cure for the condition. http://www.jdrf.org.uk/
I have paid for the skydive myself, so all the money you donate will go directly to JDRF. Thankyou :)
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