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Managing Type 1 Diabetes is much like skydiving—one wrong move and it could be all over.
The only saving grace you’ve got left is to pull that ripcord and pray it works, otherwise prepare for a crash landing.
Now I’ve never actually been skydiving, and I know the aforementioned statement may sound a little dramatic, but I think it truly highlights how living and managing Type 1 Diabetes is one big risk day in and day out, and sometimes no matter how much prior preparation you do, a crash landing is inevitable.
So why am I jumping out of a plane? That’s a fair question. On April 30, I will be confronting one of my biggest fears. Heights. Oh and a fear of leaping out of a plane while it is flying in the sky.
I am taking part in the Jump for a Cure fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations. I will be skydiving (tandem) to raise money to fund research into Type 1 diabetes.
For the nearly 22 years my illness has claimed my body, my health, my thoughts, my relationships, my day-to-day and well the kind of extreme sports I could get into. And for me, this skydive takes some of that power back.
I will not let my illness take this from me too. I will face one of my biggest fears (heights) while simultaneously ensuring that I conquer my fear of a life not lived, and of course, raising funds for a charity which may just one day help me get that cure.
Yes, I am absolutely terrified. But I will go through with it for the cause. In my lifetime I’ve done many fundraising activities, more than I could count. When you live with something for so many years, alongside having a dad who is also a Type 1 Diabetic, fundraising events are almost part of the diagnosis itself.
I was two-and-a-half years old when I was diagnosed so this life is all I know.
A cure means freedom for me. Freedom to live the life that I want. Free from extra decision making and exhaustion. It means not having be terrified of if I will wake up in the morning or what complications lay ahead. Treatment of the disease is probably the best it’s going to be without a cure. Daily management is tough and is mentally and physically taxing, a cure means that no longer rings true.
People should get behind it because type 1 diabetes affects over 125,000 Australians with 8 more diagnosed each day. Type 1 Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in Australian children. It has no cure, and at the rate it is increasing it’s likely someone you know will be diagnosed. It is also a leading cause of other illnesses such as heart disease, chronic kidney disease and stroke.
I’ve suffered from mini-strokes, a seizure, and now am facing complications with my kidneys and lesions on my eyes. My dad has had to manage his condition for 45+ years. I always remember my parents used to say that they were hopeful for a cure in my lifetime, because one in my dad’s wasn’t possible.
To get behind the cause you can donate to my page here: bluearmy.jdrf.org.au/fundraisers/courtneypitson/jump and read more about all of the people who are going to take the leap for a cure.
And wish me luck!