This disease struck the Harmon housholds two siblings Katelyn and Benjamin suddenly and ultimately created a lifelong dependency on injected or pumped insulin. Not only does this disease demand careful monitoring of carbohydrate intake and synthetic insulin injections, but it carries the constant threat of devastating complications.
No longer could they eat whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. Tony and his wife Kim have to monitor their food, how much they exercise, insulin injections, blood-glucose testing, and how various activities can impact their diabetes.
While the injection of synthetic insulin has helped keep them alive and healthy, it is not a cure to this harmful disease. While improving technology and research findings by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has improved the methods in which these diabetics check their blood glucose and deliver insulin, T1D remains a life threatening disease that desperately needs to be cured.
Although Benjamin and Katelyn have this medical ailment, they take on the challenges of every day with a big smile and a positive attitude. They face this disease with courage and perseverance, not letting T1D stand in the way of their hopes and dreams.
As JDRF International Chairman, Mary Tyler Moore states, “Both children and adults like me who live with Type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dietitians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive.”
Your donation is greatly appreciated and gives The Harmon family and the rest of the 1.25 million Americans battling T1D an opportunity to live a life without constant fear of the deadly ramifications and that one day we will find a cure.
Thank you so much.
Information found on: http://jdrf.org/about/about-type-1-diabetes-t1d/