Let's create a world without T1D!
When I was seven years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). From that moment my life was changed forever. T1D is a 24/7 auto-immune disease that is persistent and irregular. All of the sudden, my life was consumed by the constant monitoring of my blood sugar, counting every carb that went into my body and learning all sorts of new technologies.
At first, it wasn’t easy but I chose early on to accept my diagnosis. I always look for the positives in any situation and I embraced the responsibilities that came along with T1D. Almost six years have passed and I have learned that no two days will ever going be the same but that it is manageable as long as I dedicate myself to the obligations that come with living with T1D. Diabetes will always be a part of my life – I will just need to be diligent and work harder which ultimately will make me stronger in everything I do. The advances in technology to manage diabetes are pretty amazing and makes monitoring myself much easier. It also gives me an education and skill set that other people do not have.
Advances in technology and research programs are important to me and my family and we joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and my Mom now sits on their Board. JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people, in addition to providing me with the tools to promote diabetes awareness. Through technology supported by diabetes research programs, I am able to live a totally normal life.
For my mitzvah project, any generous contributions will be fully allocated to accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat TD1. I am confident that a cure is on the horizon and nothing will hold me back!
If you would like to consider a contribution to honor my Bat Mitzvah, please click the HERE.