Hi, I am Amara Wilson and I have had Type 1 Diabetes since I was 2 1/2 years old. My blood sugars sometime get dangerously low and high. At night it is even more important that I stay in a safe range so I rely on my parents to monitor me. As I get older I am finding that my independence is becoming more and more important. I will be driving soon and then before I know it, I will be off to college! If I had a Diabetic Alert Dog by my side at all times I would not have to worry anymore. My dog will alert me before I go too low or too high! This will keep me safe and much healthier. Thank you for helping me reach my goal, and my dream of having a live saving service dog!
According to the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes kills more Americans every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys certain cells in the pancreas, an organ about the size of a hand that is located behind the lower part of the stomach. These cells — called beta cells — are contained, along with other types of cells, within small islands of endocrine cells called the pancreatic islets. Beta cells normally produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, which use it for energy. But when the beta cells are destroyed, no insulin can be produced, and the glucose stays in the blood instead, where it can cause serious damage to all the organ systems of the body.
For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. This means undergoing multiple injections daily, or having insulin delivered through an insulin pump, and testing their blood sugar by pricking their fingers for blood six or more times a day. People with diabetes must also carefully balance their food intake and their exercise to regulate their blood sugar levels, in an attempt to avoid hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening.
To learn more about Type 1 Diabetes go to http://jdrf.org
To learn more about diabetic alert dogs go to diabeticalertdog.com
Thanks so much to all of you for your support!