Time Flies

I absolutely cannot believe that my summer is almost over! And unfortunately, that means my time here at JDRF is almost over as well. This is my last week in the office!

This experience has been more than incredible, and I have been blessed to be a part of something that is working towards eradicating a terrible disease. Each new day I come into the office, there is a hope that new developments will be made and that each person in our community has the responsibility and opportunity to help. No matter if you have type 1, love a type 1, know a type 1, or have no clue as to what type 1 is, each individual has the chance to change the world by supporting JDRF. It has truly been rewarding to see this battle on a side different from what I am used to.

I never quite realized the preparation and fervor it took to actively reach out to donors, supporters, and interested parties and invite them to become pat of the extended JDRF family by helping give what they can. It takes a lot of work, and I’m so thankful to have had the chance to reach out to people! It is always encouraging to hear when people are willing and excited to help turn type 1 into type none!

I am so blessed to have worked with Christine, Carolyn, Nick, and Carole here at JDRF! I am going to miss you all so much!

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Paddle to Cure Diabetes

This week has been crazy! JDRF Tampa Bay Chapter is holding a special event this Saturday, July 12th, called Paddle to Cure Diabetes! Participants will be kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding either a race course or fun course, all while raising money for JDRF! It’s incredibly exciting to be behind the scenes and to help set up everything that needs to be taken to the beach for the event! Tons of planning and preparation have gone into this event, and I’m sure it will be a huge success!

Yesterday alone we got all the food items together, registration forms and award certificates printed, banners and signs put together, and volunteer t-shirts organized and sized. Today is a brand new day, however! We still have a few more things to get together for the paddle event before Saturday and before we load it all up tomorrow.

In addition to all the Paddle preparations, I think Christine has some tasks for me to do today as well. We’ve received many donations from various companies and individuals for our Gala in the Fall! And what better way to show our appreciation for their generosity? Thank you letters! I’ve got lots of letters to address and mail today, but that just means the Gala is on its way to success!

P.S. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area this weekend, stop by the Paddle to Cure Diabetes event this Saturday, July, 12 at Sand Key Beach! You won’t want to miss it! =)

Less Stress

Well, now that my life has become much less stressed I can actually sit down and breathe for a minute! Why was I super stressed, you may ask? I had to take the MCAT – the Medical College Admissions Test – this past Saturday. Trying to balance studying for this life changing exam, work a part time job, and do my internship was not easy by any means. And keeping my BG in control? Yeah right. As I was juggling everything, my BG went wacky. I knew as soon as I got stressed, my BG would skyrocket and that I would have a hard time controlling it and feeling 100%. Oddly enough, as I was reading in my MCAT study book, this phenomenon was confirmed. When you get stressed your cortisol levels rise above normal which can cause several other consequences: decreased immune function, muscle tightness, and BG increase, among others. I had to be extra careful the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I even had to go home early one day from JDRF because I was feeling so nauseous from my high BG that I couldn’t focus (or even look at the computer screen!).

Now that I have much less stress, I can focus more on working here at JDRF and at my job. In fact, I’m off to write the July Newsletter stories right now! Have a blessed week, friends!

A Day in the Life

Well, I’m actually a little late in putting this up (oops). I started interning with the Tampa Bay Chapter of JDRF a few weeks ago, just about a week after I moved back home from another challenging year at college. I have the pleasure of working with some of the best people I’ve met so far – Nick, Christine, Carole, and Carolyn. Each person is quirky in their own way, so we fit in perfectly together. I’ve gotten to do a myriad of different things so far, including writing the June edition of the JDRF E-News, inputting donated auction items into our database for the big Gala inĀ  the fall, and calling several elementary schools in Pinellas County to see if they would be interested in partnering with JDRF in hosting a Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes! How cool! Right now I’m working on doing some research and asking for donations for auction in the Gala from restaurants and other nice establishments around town. Hopefully we will hear something back soon! In the mean time, I’m finding a bunch of new restaurants to try in the near future! Woop woop!