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.
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.
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