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Socialistics Cares: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

by | Aug 2, 2021 | socialistics cares

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My name is Stasia and I am a Marketing Coordinator at Socialistics.

I am also a type 1 diabetic. Before I tell you more about my cause, I have to tell you more about my story.

My Story

I was 7 years old when I started developing symptoms of diabetes. Between the frequent trips to the bathroom, constant thirst, and a previously full face that was slowly looking more skeletal, my parents knew what was likely happening. They were hopeful that it was just a bladder infection, but my glucose reading of over 700 determined it was not. And just like that, my world (and theirs) got turned upside down.

I began regular insulin shots, constant glucose monitoring, and a lifelong battle with the literal highs and lows this disease brings. At the time, type 1 diabetes was still referred to as juvenile diabetes. Because it is no longer limited to affecting juveniles, it is now typically referred to as type 1.

I grew up most of my childhood believing that getting my driver’s license, having my own children, and living a long life were not available to me. You can imagine the torment this can have on your thoughts. Luckily, I was wrong as I am the mother of 3 beautiful, healthy children and I drive them around everywhere! Because of the advances made possible through JDRF’s funding and research, I am living a fulfilled life with no signs of diabetes standing in the way.

The Cause

JDRF is leading the fight against type 1 diabetes by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by type 1 diabetes. I first became acquainted with JDRF by participating in their Seattle fundraiser, “Beat the Bridge.” I have participated in it almost every year since my diagnosis and have really grown to love and appreciate their work towards making a better life for those with type 1.

The efforts of JDRF, their research teams, and fundraisers across the country have enabled me to live a life less encumbered by diabetes. I am just one of many who have benefited from the science and advancements that allow for a higher quality of life with this disease. Whether it’s going from finger sticks to a continuous glucose monitor, or from manual injections to an insulin pump, the treatments are getting better and better! I am grateful for organizations like JDRF that prioritize my care and make these advancements possible and accessible.

How lucky am I to land at a company that supports me and the things I care about? I am so grateful to work for Socialistics and be given this opportunity to share my cause with you all!

 

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit JDRF.org

 

 

Stasia Shin
Stasia Shin

Stasia brings a client focused mentality with experience ranging from a startup environment to the NHL. She is a PNW girl to her core with strong allegiances to the Seattle sports teams. Outside of market coordinating, she is project manager to her loving husband and 3 children.