Kortnie at the 2011 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe, AZ

Saturday, November 3, 2012

#NHBPM Day 3 ~JDRF Walk

Today we are attending the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Our walk is in Tempe at Tempe Town Lake (A city adjacent to Phoenix, AZ).  This will be our third year attending the walk.  This weekend is also the 3 year anniversary of Kortnie's diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes.   Every year we walk under the team name Kortnie's Krusaders, you can still donate to our walk team through the end of the year, JDRF is one of the leading charities that is working to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, as well as working on improving the lives of those living with this chronic illness.  If you'd like to donate to our walk team or learn more click here.

The above photo collage is made up of pictures we took at the 2011 walk.  We always enjoy the walk, it's a fun day.  Our walk always has a pumpkin painting booth which is a hit with my kids, we usually just do the 1.5 mile fun walk instead of the 5k.  There are tons of booths that Kortnie likes to visit.  She visits the Animas booth and sees what kind of swag she can score for her pump, last year she got a new screen protector and matching purple skins for her pump and meter/remote!  She likes to visit the booths for different blood glucose meters, last year she got some cool meter skin sticker things for her Accu-Check meter, and a tealish blue skin for her Freestyle meter.  Old Orchard juice had a booth and was giving out full size bottles of their new carb smart juices, I think we scored like 4 or 5 juices and a bunch of $1.00 off coupons.  There was a face painting booth last year too, and tons of other cool stuff.  They also serve breakfast and lunch.  It's nice to be surrounded by other families who get it, everywhere you look you can seem someone checking heir blood sugar, wearing an insulin pump, or giving themselves a shot.  You can see mothers giving their children juice boxes or other fast acting glucose to bring up a low.  It's a feeling of same-same that is wonderful for Kortnie and for me.  Even my other kids, just knowing they are surrounded by families like ours.  I literally spend the morning teary eyed.  Tears of love, acceptance, sorrow, and gratitude.  The feeling I have at the walk are unlike anything else I've experienced before, they are hard to explain, the best way I can figure to explain it, is that there is a warmth in my heart.  I'm sad to see how many people there are that share this disease with us, but also it feels good to know we are not alone. 

I'm pre-writing this post, since we'll be out of town this weekend.  It's a big weekend for us.  Kortnie's got her quarterly Endocrinologist visit and A1C check on Friday (yesterday), we drive around 180 miles to take her to see her doctor every 3 months.  We'll stay overnight and attend the walk on Saturday.  We also plan on doing some shopping for winter school clothes and shoes as well as hitting stores like Sam's Club, Costco, and Trader Joe's.

Today's writing prompts were "I don't know about this but I'd like to...." or "post about a conversation you've had with your doctor"  I couldn't really think of anything to say about either of those prompts, I figured I'd save the alternate prompts for later, and didn't want to skip a day since it would be so easy to pre-write this post and talk about the JDRF walk instead.

Diabetes Fact of the Day

JDRF Walks are held at over 200 locations across the country and are managed by local JDRF Chapters. Participants can walk as individuals, or join a team (which can be started by a family, company or any group of people). JDRF’s Walk to Cure program raised $86 million in 2011 and had close to 900,000 participants.  To find a walk near you click here or click here to donate to our read about Kortnie's Krusaders.

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