Ariana's JDRF One Walk Video 2016, Life with Type 1 Diabetes
On January 26, 2012, just 9 days after her baby brother was born and 4 days after her 5th birthday, Ariana, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Her glucose level was 1,074 and she was in diabetic ketoacidosis. She is now insulin-dependent for the rest of her life. As you probably know, insulin is not a cure; it is merely life support. Ariana is required to check her blood sugar level by pricking her tiny fingers at least 6 times per day and has to wear an insulin pump that gets changed every 3 days. In addition to her rigorous blood testing and pump site changes, she must maintain a tightly controlled diet and scheduled food intake. Worst of all, this disease carries with it the risk of life-threatening complications. Ari is always a trooper and rarely complains. She is full of smiles, giggles, energy and love. She continually amazes us and is such a blessing to have in our lives as a daily reminder of spirit, love, happiness and a positive attitude.
There are many devastating diseases in our world right now. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach. Ariana often asks us “Mommy, when is my diabetes going to go away?” It’s a painful question to answer looking into her hopeful eyes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of their largest fundraising events is the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” “Team Ari Beari” will be attending this year’s walk held on Saturday, October 8th at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara, California. Please help us make a difference for Ariana and the millions of other children and adults living with this chronic disease.
To donate or join my team, Team Ari Beari, go to http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/teamAriBeari