Wednesday, April 16, 2014

He NEEDED This.

J was awarded a scholarship for camp through our local JDRF. He was eligible because he is a Youth Ambassador, and has performed the necessary hours volunteering for JDRF. There were some other requirements as well, and an essay explaining why you deserve/want to go was part of the application as well.

I would like to share with you all part of the essay, the part that after I read it, made me realize my own fears and anxiety didn't mean anything. He NEEDED this, wanted this and deserved it.

As a parent letting go is sometimes the hardest thing to do....

Before I share his words, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to our local JDRF. They have been an intricate part of our family since about a year after diagnosis. J has been blessed to be a Youth Ambassador for 4 years, and I have been fortunate to hold 2 different chair hats. JDRF not only raises money for a cure, and preventative research but they support and comfort those living with this disease. They give us hope and family. I truly love my local JDRF and wanted to publicly say THANK YOU for all you do, and for giving J this opportunity! 

J's words:

"Currently I am having problems with my sinuses, and breathing. I have to take many different medications that affect my blood sugar. I am also having more side effects, when I am low, than I used to. I am now getting nauseous, headaches, and I feel like its hard for me to think. 

When I have a high sugar, I start to get bad anxiety, and start to cry about I want a cure, and to be normal. 

I feel like I NEED to go to diabetes camp, because I want to meet more type 1 diabetics, make more friends, and have fun while being with people just like me, who understand what I am going through. I wont feel so left out. I will also feel normal, being in an environment where people wont ask me what I am doing, or "what's that?". I wont have to deal with tons of questions, because everyone will know what I am doing, because they are just like me. We are all equals.  I also think I will learn more about whats going with my body, as  well as what its like to not have parents taking care of your disease but doing it all myself, and be more prepared for the future. I know how to change sites, cartridges, count carbs, bolus, etc but I would like to do those things independently, without my parents. I did not want to go to before because I was scared to be away from my parents, but now I am finally ready!"

- J age 11 diagnosed 10.21.08

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