Its obviously that time of year again.. Most of you know I was diagnosed with diabetes back in July 2010 when I was around 12. I'm now nearly 22 in October.
Over the 9 years of having diabetes (what the heck), its been a huge journey. Like most things in life I didn't expect it to be easy, but I was lucky enough to have my family right by my side to support me.
My daily activities include finger-pricking, injecting and watching what I eat and what level I am. When I was a swimmer it can be annoying having to sometimes get out to see what level I was and I even had to sit out of sets to just be on the safe side. Thankyou to Kareena Preston for dealin' with the frustrations that came with that.
Having type 1 diabetes is not the funnest of things, but I've tried to stay positive throughout this experience and hopefully raise enough funds for a cure in the future. Even if I'm not lucky enough to receive this cure I hope the next generation benefits from this. I have raised over the past 9 years approximately $61,000.. Thankyou to everyone who has donated in the past and hopefully you will donate again (MWAH).
A lot of people want to know what 'Shannon's Angels' stands for. During the same month of being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes my grandfather unfortunately passed away. He always looked on the positive side of things and was always happy and didn't let anything get to him and if it did, none of us ever saw it. I hope I can make him proud. He was one of the strongest people I have ever known. In honour of him, I would like to raise $100,000 for Juvenile Diabetes and help younger people who are diagnosed be positive about this life long disease. This year (2019) another angel has joined our team within the month of July. My beautiful dog Moya, she was aged 12. Another reason that I will be walking this year because I can’t let my baby down.
I would also would personally like to mention my family (mum, dad and Ryan). Thankyou for always being there when I was low (especially the early morning lows when I make a lot of noise), in hospital, unsure, frustrated or scared with my diabetes. Without you I would be nothing. You all push me and care for me every second of the day - even when you are nagging me about my injections, tests or food, I know you have my best interest ? Love you all.
~I hope to make a difference~
To rap this up, I'd just like to thank everyone who supports me through everything whether it's diabetes related or not. In particular my Mum and Dad, Ryan, Ria, Jenna and Paul, David , Aunty Vic and Peter, Aunty Michelle and Uncle Gary, Jenny, Emily and Jessica, and anyone I have missed. Whoever has helped by donating time or money to me in order to achieve my goals. (I've probably missed like 100000 people and I'm sorry you're all so important to me and this would probably be the most longest text post in the world if I mentioned you all ahah).
Also all the companies that support me every year; Applied Fire Technology, Castledare Miniature Railway, Rotary of Willetton, Bremer Bay Resort, Winthrop IGA, Raymond Ho, Assoc , Ampac, Peard Real Estate, Skids Swimwear, and Trophy Choice. I can't thankyou enough for all the years of support.
My Completed Missions in the JDRF Blue Army
Thank you to my Sponsors
Raymond K. H. Ho & Associates Pty Ltd
Shannon, you are truly inspirational! We are proud to support you!
Melville Rotary thank you for your work
Shannon another year and hopefully another step closer. You are an amazing young woman and we love you very much. Keep going one day there will be a cure. Remember your precious angels are walking with you. :) Mum
Awesome effort. Diabetes needs more awareness so well done in getting the message out there