Friday, September 05, 2008

Time to walk again . . .

I recently posted about how I'm lucky to have diabetes. And I honestly mean it. There are far worse diseases I could be dealing with. Diabetes takes work and discipline, but I've learned to manage it as best I can. But you know what would make me feel even luckier? A cure for diabetes.

I'm lucky that I'm still in good health. The thought of things my future could easily hold are scary. The thoughts of the complications. Loss of sight. Loss of limbs. Failure of kidneys. Heart disease. Nerve damage. These are very real. I've seen statistics that state that 4 out of every 10 people with diabetes will develop complications. And that scares me.

We need a cure. And so, Pea and I are walking again. My mom is walking with us this year. I've created a little team called "Finger-Sticks and Hand-knits". Finger-sticks for all the blood testing I do (8 to 10 times per day). And hand-knits as a tribute to all the wonderful knitters who so generously gave me their support when I walked last year.


If you'd like to help out this year, please click to be taken to my walk page where you can make a donation. If you'd like to spread the word on your blog, I'd be very grateful. If you are in the area and would like to join our walk team, look for the "Click Here to Walk With Me" button on my donation page and join us!! And if someone you love has diabetes, be sure to let me know in the comments. I'll be walking for your loved-one too!

12 comments:

kristina said...

Good for you, for taking your diabetes so seriously. You have no idea how many people DON'T. My friend that does wound care as a visiting nurse says that most of the complications she sees are from people who have not bothered to manage their disease properly. You are definitely decreasing your odds of long-term complications. And you are right... even better is a cure. :) I'll check out your walk page.

Sonya said...

I have a co-worker whose husband is diabetic and does not do the things he should to manage it well. It's not something I can understand. The thought of blindness alone would keep me in line, much less the other complications. I'm glad you take proper care of yourself!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

What a great team! Good luck, so inspired by your dedication to your health!:)

Zonda said...

I agree a great team!! So glad you take care of yourself, a lot of work I'm sure!

Jennifer said...

My cousin's wife, Kayte, is diabetic. It is important to find a cure!

Jessica said...

Good luck with the walk! I'll try and remember to give you a shout out on my blog.

guiltypleasures said...

I wish you the best in reaching your goal. There's no reason we can't have a cure on our lifetime. I LOVE your team name!

thegabbyknitter said...

What a great name for the team!Good luck with walk and I hope you reach your goal.

noeysmommy said...

Best wishes to you and Pea. Can I donate next week? (gotta wait for that paycheck!) Please walk for my 3 year old friend, Colin, who has diabetes.

Jennifer said...

Best of luck to you and Pea! I hope you raise more money than you ever thought possible!

cpurl17 said...

Hurray for a fellow Walker! you go girl!!

Melissa said...

I sent you a donation. I hope you have a great walk and raise tons of cash! :)

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