Our daughter Olivia was diagnosed with #T1D on June 20, 2016 at 7 years old, and our whole world turned upside down. After a few weeks of adjusting to our new "life" we decided together as a family that we will live each day to the fullest and not let this autoimmune disease define who we are as a family.
I came across the JDRF website after searching tons of literature and decided this would be an amazing opportunity for our daughter to see that she is not alone in this battle and we created our JDRF One Walk team, "The Dancing Diabetics." Once we announced we were doing our 1st walk for our daughter, the amount of support was beyond imaginable. People we never met were donating to help find a cure and support our Warrior Princess.
The collaboration of all the families and friends was truly inspiring and so heartwarming. I'll never forget the moment we were walking toward the Walk and my daughter looked at me and said, "Mom, I don't feel alone anymore. This is going to be the best day ever!" My favorite quote that I instill into my family is "You never know how STRONG you are until being STRONG is the only choice you have.". We are already planning for our 3rd annual walk in October again at JDRF One Walk, Rutgers University ... and we will be bigger and brighter than last year!