Elise, our 7-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) when she was 12 months. Team Elise started three weeks later in September of 2008 when we participated in the JDRF Walk in Dallas.
In the last seven years, we have had over 1,000 people walking for Team Elise in Dallas, Toronto, Lisbon, Maputo and Little Rock and we have raised over $80,000 for JDRF! This year, Elise flew to Toronto to walk with Team Elise Canada.
T1DT1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin - a hormone essential to the ability to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. T1D causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. T1D cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
ELISEElise has grown into such an amazing little girl. She has the sweetest heart and is probably stronger than most adults. Perhaps it's because of T1D, but we like to think it's just who she is; strong spirited. Elise is beautiful; inside and out. And while most people comment on her outer beauty, she is kind, generous, loving and the best big sister to Mattias and Lucas. Elise is a quirky, fun princess with a huge imagination and a heart to match.
It has been over six years since Elise was diagnosed. T1D is tough, especially when you're a child. Every day, Elise gets her fingers poked 5 to 10 times, sometimes more. She had at least three shots a day for over three years. In November of 2011, she started using an insulin pump (Omnipod) which means that she only gets shots if we run into an issue with the pump, which now delivers her insulin. The pump has to be changed every three days. We weigh almost everything she eats (since almost everything has carbs) so that we can give her the right amount of insulin to cover the carbs that she eats. T1D is a 24/7/365 disease. Not only do we check her blood sugar during the day, we also get up at least once a night at around 3 AM to check her blood sugar and give her carbs or insulin, if needed (there are nights where we get up as many as 6 times). Elise also has a continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom) so that we can know what her blood sugar is at all times and if it's stable, going up or down and how fast it's rising or dropping.
Check out deathofapancreas.com where Joanne blogs about Elise and T1D.
JDRFJDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Our goal is to create awareness about T1D and raise money to cure, treat and prevent T1D. If you would like to become a Team Elise sponsor, go to the Sponsors page to view the sponsorship packages available and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A big thank-you to everyone who has supported us over the years. It means a lot to us!