All For One: A World Without Type 1 Diabetes
by Jennifer Proctor
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Womens Butterfly Crew
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Womens Butterfly Tri and Tri V
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Womens Butterfly Burnout Tank
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Mens Fellowman Tri and Tri V
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Mens Fellowman Crew
A soft, durable high end jersey with a true-to-size fit. This style also looks great on women!
Unisex Hero Hoody
A tri-blend material that is pre-shrunk, extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchy. This style follows men’s sizing and is roomy so women, size down if you want a more true-to-size fit.
You can also read about the garment fabrics and styles in the Heart U section of our website!
May 25, 2014 update:
After running a successful campaign, the pictures flooded in of All For One supporters. Thanks to everyone for raising awareness and giving great support!
All for One: Raising Hope for a World Without
Type 1 Diabetes
“I’m sure this was your fear in coming here today. I have to confirm your suspicions. You need to head straight to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital. I’ve already spoken with them; they’re expecting you.”
These are words no mother ever wants to hear from her child’s pediatrician. Especially not in front of an intelligent, perceptive 8-yr-old. Everything was immediately foggy. I remember saying, “Now? Like, go straight there? We shouldn’t go back to work or school?” And then I remember thinking, “Oh God. Don’t panic. Don’t cry. Your daughter is watching you. You don’t get to fall apart.”
We had gone to the pediatrician shortly after winter break ended. My 8 year old daughter had spent the holidays drinking excessive amounts of water (about a bottle an hour) and still complaining about how thirsty she was. She was wetting the bed every night, even though she was being awakened to go potty 2-3 times between 11 pm and 6 am. She even had a couple accidents during the day. This is obviously not typical. I knew both were signs of diabetes but I promised myself not to jump to any premature conclusions.
On January 8, 2014, we went to see the doctor (a new pediatrician because Audrey wanted to see a woman about “private issues”). They collected a urine sample upon arrival because Audrey entered the waiting room in tears about how bad she had to go. The urinalysis revealed high glucose levels. The pediatrician pulled out her tablet and discreetly showed me that only one number was abnormal. We would go ahead and see what a blood test revealed. She told me Audrey’s blood sugar was 556 and to please excuse her while she made a phone call. (They didn’t tell me this until much later, but her blood glucose is supposed to be between 80 and 140.)
She came back in and explained that she’d been speaking with an endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital. She explained to me the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. She saw the tears in my eyes and reassured me that this was nothing I could’ve prevented. She said it was “in her cards all along. Catching it as early as you did is all you had the power to do.” She kept asking me if I was sure that I was ok. She held my hand and hugged me. Then she sent me to the ER with my daughter.
Jennifer and Audrey
It was very hard for Audrey to understand why she had to go to the emergency room. I tried to stay calm, but I lost it a little when I called my mom to come meet at the hospital with stuff for a 2-4 day stay. Audrey asked me through all the tears if she was going to die and was that why I was crying…. I told her I was crying because mommies want their babies to have happy, easy lives without scary things happening, but that she was most certainly not going to die. She said, “But the doctor said ‘DIE-ta-beeties’, doesn’t that mean dying?”
Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a wonderful, caring staff. They made our stay as pleasant as possible, but it was still very difficult. Audrey was having finger sticks every three hours (even through the night). They use a fairly large lancet in the hospital to “milk” enough blood out of her little fingers to fill a small vial. It’s not just a single drop. She also had to have an IV site in that bothered her immensely and was never used. Try explaining to such an intelligent, healthy kid why all this was necessary. She sat on her hands or stuffed them under her pillow with her arms locked and screamed. And I don’t mean a little screaming and crying. It was gut wrenching. And heart breaking. I was trying to wrestle her into submission while fighting back my own tears and screams. She was right when she said it wasn’t fair. I felt the same way, but I knew we had no choice.
We spent 3 days, 2 nights in the hospital learning a whole new way of life (and a new language to go along with it). We entered the world of carb counting, blood sugar testing, A1C, ketones, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, insulin, glucagon, and a bunch of other medical words that they expect you to digest, regurgitate, and retain (oh, and be ready to use at fast paces). And, don’t forget about the shock and lack of sleep…. At least the coffee was free!
We also get a chance to use all those math skills they say you’ll never use in real life! You’ll use them if your child is a Type 1 Diabetic. You get to figure out A LOT of different ways to use math in your daily life. Including the lovely “if this, then that”. I have a whole list of those on my fridge. Everything is a special circumstance (at least in the beginning). Luckily, I’m a nerd and picked up on most of this pretty quickly (plus there is an endocrinologist available 24/7 if I have questions)!
Audrey and I processed things pretty quickly and took the challenge head on. She was an absolute champion! I couldn’t have been any prouder of her….
Then it was time to go back to the real world. Now the real freaking out started. Just because I trusted myself to manage all this doesn’t mean I trusted anyone else. Her school was actually the easiest part. We have had a lot of other experiences that aren’t so easy. We quickly found out just how little people know about Type 1 Diabetes. And how unwilling most of them are to listen or learn anything new. Can we please go back to the hospital where everyone gets it?? was a very frequent thought for me. This was a level of disgust and frustration that I didn’t know how to deal with. I needed to channel that energy somehow, so I’ve turned to raising awareness. Kids living with Type 1 Diabetes have enough on their plates without all the stigma and misunderstanding from society.
Audrey giving herself insulin-what a champ!
So, that brings us to the educational portion of this piece. Here are some important facts along with an informational video below:
- Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune condition in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin. (jdrf.org)
- Insulin is a hormone that turns the sugar we eat into energy. (jdrf.org)
- The onset of T1D, while not fully understood, has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. (jdrf.org)
- There is nothing you can do to prevent or cure it. (jdrf.org)
- T1D auses dependency on injected or pumped insulin for life. (jdrf.org)
- It also carries the constant risk of devastating complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, and stroke. (jdrf.org)
- People with T1D must pay constant attention to what they eat, when they eat, how they feel, how much they exercise (or plan to exercise), what their stress levels are, whether or not they are or have been ill. (Women and teenagers have even more mitigating factors to contend with.) Then they must factor in how all this affects their blood glucose levels. (jdrf.org)
- Lack of attention to high or low blood sugar can be life threatening. (jdrf.org)
- This is an ongoing, 24/7/365 roller coaster ride. No vacations. (jdrf.org)
- With proper treatment people with T1D can lead full and active lives!! (jdrf.org)
- As many as 3 million Americans are living with T1D and approximately 80 more are diagnosed each day. (jdrf.org)
All proceeds from this campaign will go directly to the Mid-Ohio JDRF.
Please join me and Mid-Ohio JDRF in this campaign to raise awareness and hope for a cure. -Jennifer Proctor
“Together, we are creating a world without Type 1 Diabetes.”
*The Kids Crew unisex size equivalency: