Sunday, July 24, 2005

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

In September this year I'm taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes. I'll be joining one-half million other walkers across the country as we try to reach our goal of raising $80 million for diabetes research.

Type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes affects millions of people -- a large and growing percentage of them children. I've recently met so many parents whose children were diagnosed with diabetes, some of them as young as two years old. For the families, the diagnosis is devastating. The parents worry about whether their child will have a happy, healthy life. They fear that their child will suffer the serious complications that diabetes can cause. Complications such as blindness and kidney failure. The siblings have to learn to do without treats that they have been accustomed to in order to make life easier for their brother/sister. And, right now, diabetes is a life sentence. It never goes away. My heart breaks when I hear the children's stories of a life filled with finger sticks and injections when it should be a happy and wondrous time.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 11 years old. Now, nearly 42 years later, I still have hopes for a cure. Even though great strides have been made in the treatment of diabetes, more still needs to be done to find the ultimate treatment -- a cure.

Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together we CAN make the cure a reality!

To make your tax-deductible donation, please click here. Thank you so much for your generosity.

End of Vacation Time :o(

We've been on vacation this past week. This time we decided not to really go anywhere, just a "stay at home" vacation and take day trips if we wanted. We had never done this before, always had plans to go somewhere for vacation. It was one of the nicest vacations we've had. No rushing around to see sights or get anywhere by a certain time. We slept in and had leisurely breakfasts and just pretty much relaxed. I told my husband that this is what retirement will be like. Now that I've sampled it, I can hardly wait. We're looking at four years right now. My husband says it will go fast, and I know it will. I am really looking forward to it.

We did take a drive out along Lake Erie out by Put-In-Bay for a day. We also wandered around Michigan and even stopped in Hell. Not much in Hell these days just a party store, souvenir shop and a bar/restaurant and it sure was hot there! ;o)

Friday, July 08, 2005


So glad that Friday is here, I couldn't take another weekday. Thursdays are always my worst days of the work week so when Friday gets here, I can breathe a sigh of relief and begin looking forward to the weekend. Hoping everyone has a great weekend!