One year ago….

One year ago on Sept 22nd I heard the horrible news, “You need to take your son to childrens ICU now, he is in DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and has type 1 Diabetes”.

Heartbreaking. Even to this day I am saddened that he has to deal with this stupid disease. There is still no cure except man made insulin and its a struggle to control his blood sugars just right everyday. Every night I go to bed with a worry in my head and praying he wakes up just fine in the morning. I will always worry no matter what. We have good days and we have bad days. I am thankful that at least there is treatment to keep him alive but our dream and fight is for a cure. There is no reason why there should NOT be a cure. It angers me. There is so much technology out there but they still can not figure out why my child’s pancreas is no longer working. I totally believe its to do with all the chemical and garbage in our air and food and just every day life. For now we try our hardest to keep everything under control and watch what he eats and I try my hardest to keep as much healthy food and environment as I can. I know I can not blame myself for this but I still do. I just figure I did something wrong when I was either pregnant or he was a baby and now he has to deal with this disease forever. I would take it from him in a heartbeat.

He is a good boy and everyday works so hard to keep good track of his blood sugars and what he is eating and how he is feeling. He is a suffering soul taking on the burdens of others. 😦 I love my boy. Please help donate to finding a cure. I know there is so much more out there but for now we will walk and I will fight till I can find a true organization to help this deadly disease. I am for the ADA because they have awesome camps providing help and speakers and being in Alaska we need an organization to help us in our schools and fight to be known that a diabetic is the same as a normal person with just a little extra help.

Here is Hunters story…

My name is Hunter Linden. I am 13 years old, my birthday is July 24th and I am in the 8th grade. I have had Diabetes for 1 year now. My parents thought I had a bad flu, when they took me to the pediatrician I was diagnosed with type 1. I spent three days in Childrens ICU, I was very sick. Only 5-10%of people with diabetes have type 1, the rest have type 2. There are a lot of misconceptions about Type 1. There is nothing that could have been done to prevent this from happening to me. The doctors told my parents that either it was a combination of their genes or I could have gotten sick with a virus and instead of the white blood cells fighting off the sickness they got confused and started attacking my islet cells that are on my pancreas. The islet cells are what produce insulin; insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. I will be insulin dependent for the rest of my life unless they find a cure; no amount of exercise or how healthy I eat will get rid of this disease that I have. My body no longer produces the insulin I need to survive.I have a great support system and I am still able to do so much even with T1D. I have had a great summer this year. I was able to go to Peru with my science class and learn about a whole other culture. I had so many family and friends help support my trip and it was an amazing experience. I really want to travel and see the world. While we were there we went to an orphanage and I really connected with the kids. I donated a bunch of supplies to help them out. I was also able to go to diabetes camp. I was a little scared not knowing anyone but I had a blast.I love to hike, swim, play hockey, track, travel, ride bikes and play with my brother and sister. In August I started my insulin pump. I really like it. I am so active it makes life much easier. Its like a little pager I stick in my pocket and a small port goes into my body to release the insulin when I eat. I just program my carbs and blood glucose into the pump and it automatically gives me my insulin dosage for food that I am about to eat. I still have to give a poke on my fingers 6-8 times a day for blood sugar checks and whenever I’m feeling low. What is most exciting about a pump is that instead of having to get shots 4-6 times a day I just need the occasional one and we only change infusion sight every 2-3 days. I can still do everything my friends can being a diabetic. Its a lot more preparation but with my great support system I am able to do anything I dream of. I like to read about others who share the same story as me and celebrities like Crystal Bowersox, Elliot Yamin, Nick Jonas and Bret Michaels who openly talk about diabetes. Thank you for helping fight this fight. I am praying that there will be a cure in my lifetime ~ Hunter

We are Stepping Out because we are proud to do our part to Stop Diabetes. We decided to team up to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. We are committed to walk and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because we personally know some of them, and want to do something about it.

Chances are, you also know someone who has been affected by diabetes and you already know how important it is to stop this disease. By making a donation or joining our team, you will be helping the Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

As a team, united in our desire to Stop Diabetes, we are asking for your support. Please make a donation to one of our team members or become one of us by joining our team. When we bring together dedicated team members and kind donors, the power we have as a group far outweighs what any of us could do alone.

We truly appreciate your support. Together we can Stop Diabetes!


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