I'm walking 120,000 steps to turn type one into type none!
$1000 and still going!
A huge thank you to everybody who has donated since my last blog post! I am very thankful for your support and generosity.
Today I received the Jellybaby merchandise that I will be selling with the chocolates, very exciting.
$538 in two days!!
Wow, a huge thank you to all those who have donated so far. Not only am I grateful for the donations but also knowing that there are people who listen.
We have also started selling Cadbury Fundraising chocolate this week as well, thank you to all those who have bought one or more so far, you too are contributing towards a world without type one diabetes.
There are still months until the walk but I cannot wait to find out what this year's fundraising journey brings me.
Thank you again everybody!
First of all, thank you for visiting my page. Second of all, here is my story and perspective. I was diagnosed at 5 years of age. I am forever grateful to mum and dad for saving my life.
This is a disease that is emotionally draining, physical tiring and draining and mentally exhausting. From the late night checks and broken sleep to sitting in a carpark for an extra 40 minutes to fix a hypo, I've seen nearly everything.
I was grade one when diagnosed. In grade two, I endured a severe hypo and fell unconscious, resulting in hospitalisation. In grade three, I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. In grade six, I got my first insulin pump after six years of injections. In grade 11, I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance. At the end of my first year of uni, I went into ketoacidosis as a result of an uneducated doctor who treated me after an unrelated surgery. In my third year of uni, I gained access to the CGM and in my fourth year of uni (now), I lose easy access to the CGM as I turn 21.
Despite everything, including this snippet, I persevere in life. I have the most supportive network around me, Dad, mum, my brother and sisters, Rebekah, Emily, Nathaniel and Madison. My partner, Thomas. And my grandparents.
At some point, they have loved and helped me. My parents in particular have always been at my side. I remember coming home from hospital after diagnosis and they sat with me whilst I pricked my own finger, the scariest thing in the world to me at this point in my life. They hugged me when I cried because it was all too much. They came to school in my lunch breaks to give me insulin and check my blood glucose levels. They provided me with the resources I needed and still need to stay alive. They have taught me, respected me, helped me and so so much more. Without them, I would not be here today. I wouldn't be planning my adult life without everything they have done to get me through this disease. They've held my hand when I was lying in hospital beds, they've said the right things at the right time but most of all, they have loved me.
But now, now I don't want to do this disease anymore. I don't want to be scared of dying in my sleep as a result of type one diabetes, I don't want to sit in shopping centre car parks for 40 minutes waiting for my sugar levels to rise. I don't want to eat when I'm full just to treat a hypo, I don't want to bolus for my food, I don't want to think about it. I just want to live like every other person with a working pancreas.
Please help me fight back, help me push this disease to the ground so I can live an ordinary life, just like you.
Finally, thank you for reading and if you donate, an even bigger thank you!!!
My Completed Missions in the JDRF Blue Army
Thank you to my Sponsors
All the best for your walk beautiful girl!
Hi Jess! I actually had no idea :( My Father has type 1. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone! :( Wish we could help more.
Have a great walk Jess and good luck with the fund raising
Always there for u Jess
You are a strong, amazing young woman Jess. Love ya ❤
You are amazing Jess Xx
Good luck Jess 🤗
Love you Jess xoxo
Lydia Mururi Njombo
Jess you are a beautiful inside and out as well as being intelligent,caring and peaceful.I pray for God's Devine intervention in your situation.
I love your strength & determination Jess