Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! It was a beautiful fall-like weekend in Ohio, perfect for enjoying the outdoors! This weekend I participated in the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Columbus. The walk is a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association. This walk was a family affair and a disease close to our family’s heart. My eight year old niece, KayLynn, has Type 1 Diabetes. We walk for her, to tell her story, and to remind her that there are so many people who love her!

KayLynn was diagnosed with Celiac disease at eighteen months old. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, causes an immune response that attacks the small intestine when eating gluten. At the age of three, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is when the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed in the body to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy that is needed for everyday life. Living with diabetes can be difficult. She checks her blood sugar four to twelve times daily, receives four injections per day, and has two types of insulin (fast acting for after meals and long acting for night time). Along with checking her blood sugar and receiving injections, KayLynn has to monitor her food intake (carbohydrates per meal) and eat no gluten products to manage her Celiac disease. In spite of living with Celiac and Type 1 diabetes, KayLynn is a regular eight year old kid! She is a beautiful and brave child that has taught our family and all who meet her that diabetes will not control or stop her life! As a family, we encourage her to never set limitations for herself and know that even though she has diabetes, she is so special to all of those who meet her!!

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The Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes takes place in 125 cities nationwide and has over 120, 000 participants. In the twenty years that the American Diabetes Association has been promoting the walk, over $175,000,000 has been raised to stop diabetes! With over 29 million Americans living with either Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational Diabetes, walk or donate to help find a cure and to stop diabetes!

Thanks for reading!

Heather

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