My daughter holding her insulin pens.

Reign's story

I am 7 years old. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when I was 6, on January 8th, 2009. I am dependent on 4 shots of insulin a day. I have to check my blood sugar at least 4 times a day. The school nurse and I have become very close as I have to visit her many times a day when I do not feel well. My blood sugar is constantly up and down.

Holidays are extra hard for me. On Halloween when other kids are sneaking candy they have got that night, I am giving all my candy to others. On Christmas morning, there's no sweets in my stocking from Santa. My cake has no frosting on it for birthdays. I am unable to spend the night with friends. Even though life has been hard, I still find time to laugh and be silly. My favorite thing to do when I get home is to cuddle with my mom and tell each other funny stories.

If I could tell you anything about juvenile diabetes I would say that it is very hard. I keep thinking why me?

Mom's story:
Hi! I am Reign's mom. Reign is the best thing that has happened to me. When Reign was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes it was the worst upset of my life. Her father and I cried for days. I remember not wanting to bring her home because I was not sure if I could take care of her. Every day that I have her, I am thankful. She has marks on her belly and fingers from all the shots and pokes she has to do. I kept thinking, what did I do to deserve this? Her school is affected because of all the time she spends with the nurse. She has to carry a medical bag with her always. She could be just fine one minute and then sick the next.

I encourage each one of you to think about your children. What if this was your child going through this? What if you had to hold down your child while giving them a shot and hearing them scream, "Why are you doing this to me Mommy." Knowing that you have to give your little child, your baby shots and have them prick their fingers in order to survive. Life is not supposed to be like this.

There is some good news, though. For the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime!

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? It is very simple. Just go the web page http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=extranet.personalpage&confirmid=87417361. This is my page. You can donate directly from there. Together, we can make the cure a reality.

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Trite says ... on Wednesday, Feb 10 at 7:20 AM

This might be more inspiring if your daughter had actually written the part that starts "I am 7 years old".

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