Last year, our Daughter, Grace, was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. Her journey hasn't been easy, and she has fought this affliction every day with courage, resilience, and a remarkable positive attitude.
In honor of National Diabetes Day, we made this video to raise awareness for Type One Diabetes (did you know it's an autoimmune disease and has nothing to do with poor lifestyle choices?!) and encourage donations to JDRF, a charity that supports T1D research and advocacy.
This is Grace's Story. We are so proud of you, and love you so much.
Full video transcript below:
Hi, my name is Grace Bull and I'm from West Vancouver, Canada. I'm in grade six and I love to dance - I'm a full competitive dancer - and I have a dog named Charlie.
In April, at age 10, Grace was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes.
I just felt really, really scared. My first question was, "can I still dance?" I was so clueless, I didn't really know anything about it.
Type One Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that cannot be prevented.
My pancreas just doesn't produce, so I'm normal, but I just have to give myself shots of insulin.
Unlike Type Two, it is not linked to being overweight or from a lack of exercise.
I never knew there were two types. The first thing they assume is that I've eaten too much sugar. It's nothing like that.
Grace continually monitors her blood glucose levels, checking 6-10 times per day.
It makes every day impacts in your life. I have to check every five minutes. School... sometimes I'm late just because I need to wait 15 minutes for my insulin to act before I eat. You have to carry so many extra things when you're traveling.
They ask me, "why is there a lump in your stomach right there." And that's my glucose monitor. I actually never knew how many people had Type One Diabetes, and it takes so much to explain what it is- so I don't tell a lot of people.
Each year, 86,000 people are diagnosed with Type One Diabetes.
They said, "of course you can still dance again... you can do whatever you want." I want to be like every one else... well I can, but without having that extra heavy weight on you.
Having Type One Diabetes isn't the worst thing... life only gives you what you can handle. But it'd be nice to be with the others again, and not have to worry about everything else.