Friday, May 11, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A tale of civil war

v  The Main Characters
1.       Army unit I.S.
This army has 1 job:  identify and destroy threats
The unit I.S. has worked side by side with many other army units in Country T for many many years. 

2.       Army unit P.
This small army unit is in charge of: food processing
-          When food is delivered, it feeds all the other army units of country T
-          Also provides fluids to a few other units

v  Peaceful Times
Unit P. and Unit I.S.  are on the same side. 
Unit I.S. keeps Country T safe and
Unit P. keeps Country T fed.
They go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back.
They actually grew up together

v  Civil War
One day, out of the blue,  Army unit I.S., all of a sudden, looks at Army unit P.  and points accusingly and screams ‘ENEMY!’
Army unit I.S. launches a full scale attack on Unit P. and wipes them out!

v  Aftermath
Country T is not doing well.  The other Army units try to carry on but they have no food supply and actually start snacking on the barracks out of starvation.
Country T’s other Armies are on shaky ground.  Without proper nourishment and fluids they are completely falling apart

v  The moral of the story:
There is no moral!  This is Juvenile Diabetes!
Country T. is me, Tamara Segall!
Army Unit I.S. is my Immune System
Army Unit P. is my pancreas

v  Now, about Me
I was 29 years old when I was diagnosed.  It happened July of 2005 during a heat wave.  In the span of 1 week,  I went from feeling tired and drinking 15 glasses of water a day, to feeling completely exhausted and drinking 50 glasses of water a day.

I ended up hospitalized learning to inject myself with the insulin that my pancreas can no longer create.  I need to check my blood sugar at least 7 times a day to see how much insulin I need to take and to make sure that I gave myself the proper dose.  If my blood sugar is high, I fix it with another injection of insulin, if my blood sugar is low, I fix it with Dex4.

My tale of civil war is a very stylized and dramatized explanation of what happened to me when I developed Juvenile Diabetes (AKA Type 1 Diabetes), an Auto-Immune Disease. 

v  Help may be on the way…
The JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure.  They raise money to fund their research with this Walk-a-Thon!
So that people like me, and over 300,000 other Canadians, will one day not need to give ourselves  5+ injections a day nor prick our fingers to test out blood sugar over 2,000 times a year.

PLUS, they made the fund raiser fun for the whole family and overall a great experience!

v  Now, You
Please sponsor me and come walk with me
On Sunday June 10th, 2012 at the Centre de la Nature in Laval! 
Lace up your sneakers
Come and meet some good people and do something wonderful
Let’s hang out again together and have a picnic

I’m inviting you to join me and my husband and my parents and my good friends and my good colleagues for a few hours for the Telus Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s Walk-A-Thon taking place on June 10th
Over the last 5 years this has really grown into an annual family event for many of us.
At first I had a team of 3, now  our team counts over 50 people and every single one of them told me this event is a highlight of the season!

It’s on a Sunday morning, at a lush park, packed with good people
We chat and get samples
We walk 5km through the park and catch up with old friends, we make new friends
Then we get a free prepared lunch, this year they will be in a DEX4 Lunchbag!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then we have a picnic, and the kids play, there are a couple of really fun things taking place as well

·         The MC is Bilal Butt Host of CHOM FMs drive home
·         There’s a Kids tent with coloring and balloons
·         There will be Inflatable games for the kids
·         There will be a 3 legged race you can sign up for on-line
·         And YES, lunch too!!!!!!!

To Join my team and Sponsor me

  • Visit and click on the TELUS Walk to the Cure icon
  • Then choose to Register or Pledge a Participant
  • Our walk is in Montreal June 10th, Centre de la Nature
  • To Sponsor me, just type in my name Tamara Segall
  • Complete the registration fields and click submit

I’m available to help with this process and any others
I can also accept cash donations

Team AMG & Friends is aiming for $10,000 –at least!
Last year we came in at $7,000
I am personally aiming to raise $5,000.  I have raised, so far $100
The JDRF national goal is $7.9 million

SO, it’s time to get serious!

I’m very excited.  It’s going to be fantastic!
Thank you for your support

PS I will be waddling rather than walking, this year, because I will be 8 months pregnant!

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