Saturday night I have to honor of serving as co-emcee alongside Keven Cohen of the JDRF Palmetto Chapter`s Hope Gala. This will be my third year to serve in this honor for an organization that is near and dear to my heart.
JDRF raised money for Type 1 Diabetes, formerly known as Juvenile Diabetes. Over the last year the name Juvenile Diabetes has been phased out for simply Type 1 Diabetes. This is due to many misconceptions of the disease such as, â??only children can get it,â?? or â??you can grow out of it as an adult.â??
Finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is personal to me because I grew up affected by the disease. My father was diagnosed at the age of 29, before I was born. Type one is an autoimmune disease that cannot be cured with a diet change. My father, along with anyone else with Type 1 Diabetes, relies on multiple insulin injections every day just to stay alive. He has to prick his finger 5-10 times per day to check his blood sugar to know how much insulin he needs, or if his sugar is low and he needs to drink or eat something with sugar in it. He walks around wearing a pump the size of a cell phone that contains insulin and is providing his body with this necessary drug to process sugars.
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to break down sugars in the body. This is something that many of us take for grantedâ?¦being able to eat a meal without having to worry about the carb count so we can make sure we have enough insulin injected into our body to stay alive.