Thank you so much for visiting my page! My name is Isabella and I am 10 years old. I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes when I was 3. Even though I was only 3, I already knew a lot about Type One because my older sister, who is now 19, was diagnosed when she was 1 year old. She and I struggle with this life-threatening disease every single day of our lives. Everyday, every single hour we fight to maintain safe blood sugar levels. I have to prick my fingers many times a day to check my blood sugar and I have to have infused a catheter connected to my insulin pump to give me the life saving insulin I need every minute. I also have a big shot to inject a sensor in my arm (my continuous glucose monitor) to help me know if I am safe with my sugars. I cannot eat, be active or sleep without first knowing what my blood sugars are. I need to count all carbs in every piece of food I eat to make sure I get insulin to cover it. I really wish it was only food that affected my sugars. Hormones, emotions, stress, illnesses and physical activity all impact my sugars, and sometimes drastically. Even though my family and I try our very best to have control, every single day my blood sugar goes too high and low. My sister and I have had numerous seizures, hallucinations and ER visits. I know I have to keep taking care of myself because I don't want to end up with future complications to my heart, kidneys, eyes and other organs. Diabetes is so painful and scary. Many times I just want to be a normal kid and not have to worry so much, to carry so many medical supplies on me. I just want to be free. By now, I have had tens of thousands of finger pricks and shots/infusions. I wish so very much for a cure!
Until we get a cure, Dancing for Diabetes means everything to me! I am around so many friends that go through exactly everything I do, and for once, we are all "normal!" Nobody is the odd person out. It feels amazing!! We dance, have fun and support each other with our daily struggles. The show is such a wonderful experience! Our community gets together to raise money for a cure and have an extremely fun night! I remember then that we are not alone, and together with Dancing for Diabetes, we are getting closer to a cure. Please come watch me in my 5th year dancing!
Thank you so much for reading my story, for supporting me and helping Dancing for Diabetes raise money for research while bringing much needed awareness to Type One Diabetes.
"Kids & Teens with Diabetes" is a program which offers an opportunity for children and teens living with Type 1 Diabetes to build lasting friendships, gain dance experience, and let loose in a fun, safe, and encouraging environment. Members of the program participate in a series of free dance classes each Fall that conclude with a performance in our live annual show, "Dancing for Diabetes."
You can support this year's program by making a general donation below or through "sponsoring" one or more of our participants above. We hope you will then join us all on Saturday, December 9 at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando for the 17th Annual Dancing for Diabetes showcase as we cheer on these inspiring Type 1 Warriors! Tickets are available at drphillipscenter.org.
Dancing for Diabetes spreads awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives. Learn more at www.dancing4diabetes.com.