Type 1 Diabetes and JDRF
Where to begin? I guess at the beginning of my diagnosis. Last June I was diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. I didn’t think much of it because I was totally clueless about what our lives were about to look like and what we were about to be thrown into. I knew nothing about type 1 diabetes. You may not either so I’d like to give you a little glimpse. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease – basically my body decided to attack itself, for no reason – it has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet, and kill my pancreas. So now I do the job of my pancreas and liver (I won’t go into the details of why I do the job of both organs, just know that it’s a lot of work to do the job of both). What that looks like is a 24 hour job – no days off – no nights off. It means giving myself shots all through the day, it means pricking my finger more times than I can count. EVERYTHING affects my blood sugar – everything – from vacuuming, to shopping, to a headache, to socializing. Having T1D means trying to keep myself alive 24/7. I must take insulin to stay alive but taking insulin also means that the insulin can kill me rather easily. I read a statistic recently that 1 in 20 T1D’s die in their sleep. They call it dead bed. Scary for sure! There’s much more I could share but that’s just a glimpse into what I deal with on a daily basis now. Shots are hard and painful. Low blood sugars are at best a pain in the rear and at worst quite scary. I’m doing good now and I’m managing my diabetes well, BUT it is constant work and hard work – but it’s also life now. Grady has been an AMAZING support! He basically does the math that my pancreas use to do :).
Now to the JDRF part of this blog. This is an amazing organization we’ve recently learned about. They are the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. They want to make Type One into Type None – and so do I! Grady and I have jumped head first into supporting this organization. The first thing we were able to do is donate a piece of my art for their upcoming gala in their silent auction, and the good part is that you don’t actually have to GO to the gala to bid on this painting at the silent auction. You can just click on silent auction to view the items in the silent auction or here to sign up to remote bid. Thank you for taking time to read this and be part of our lives.
Hi Sandi thanks I have not heard from you in over a year so I know now why, keep up your painting, and your health , both go hand in hand. I am sending our prayer chain a request on behalf of you and your husband for a miracle, God is good!!! with peace and love Jimmy Springett wildlife painter
Thank you Jimmy! I have been painting a ton over 2015 I just have been TERRIBLE about posting on the blog. I plan to do a post with my favorite paintings from 2015 soon – that’s the plan at least :)!
Great keep up your beautiful painting, looks great you are really making great strides with your work, great job!!! with peace and love Jimmy Springett wildlife painter
So sorry for all that you are having to go through. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way.
Christine – I took a class from you at Monthaven years ago.
I remember you Christine! Thank you for the comment and prayers!
Oh, Sandi, I’m so sorry to hear about your plight. I’ll add you right away to my prayer list. I always thought Type 1 happened much earlier in life. I have had lots of clients with Type 2, but that one’s easier to control. I’m glad you’ve got it figured out and you are well. Say “hi” to Grady!
Hey Marirae! Most people do associate type 1 with kids but what I have is LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults) – actually 80% of people diagnosed with type 1 now are adults. Thank you for taking time to comment and for your prayers!
Sandi, I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Monitoring your condition sounds like a full time job. The painting you posted is beautiful. The Lord apparently has a different path for you, but I’m sure it still includes painting.
I will be praying for your healing. Please let us know how you are doing.
Dear girl, I so hoped the reason you hadn’t posted any art in a while was because you and hunk Grady were off on some exotic mission trip or something equally exciting. But, well what can I say. Fate has a way of throwing out plans out and putting something else in it’s place. Diabetes is a rotten disease whether it is type 1 or 2. I know you eat well and yoga is great for diabetes I’m sure you know that. I will pray for you and Grady. My niece has type 1 and has a insulin pump, she does quite well with. Take care and keep your chin up.
Bummer! Take care of yourself, you are in my prayers.