Pleasanton Express Staff
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 19, to take part in the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Walk at the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Symptoms can include extreme thirst, frequent urination, sudden weight loss, vision changes, nausea or vomiting, weakness and many others.
Together with the City of Pleasanton, Monika Moreida and her family invite the community to the Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Walk on Saturday, Nov. 19. As the mother of a T1D warrior, Moreida is organizing this 3K walk scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Atascosa River Park, Pavilion 3.
She explained that Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease.
“A lot of people mistake it for Type 2 Diabetes and they are totally different,” said Moreida. “My daughter is dependent on her insulin. She has a machine on her back and it’s constantly delivering insulin into her body.”
While a cold may not be difficult for most people to handle, it is enough to leave her daughter struggling and weak.
“There are a lot of things these kids suffer with and a lot of people don’t know,” said Moreida. “She cries because she has to change this machine that’s on her body. It’s a needle that goes inside either her backside or her thigh. Thankfully, we can afford this machine, but it’s very painful to take it out, to put it in, to prick your fingers.”
Moreida pays close attention to her daughter’s blood sugar levels, knowing that at any time they may need to go to the hospital.
“I’m doing it to spread awareness. When she was diagnosed, she was 6 and very skinny. Her sugar was at 1,039 and we were rushed to Driscoll Hospital in Corpus Christi. I want to help my daughter and all the other kids who have Type 1 Diabetes in Pleasanton,” said Moreida.
This is her way of letting them know they are not alone. She is also learning more from other moms in similar situations. She added how T1D can be easily missed or misdiagnosed.
“We are all in this together,” said Moreida.
The event will include snacks for participants. To sign up and be a part of the walk, please contact the Pleasanton Civic Center at civiccenter@pleasantontx. gov or call 830-569- 5904.
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