Keep On Keeping On

posted by Zakary on September 12, 2014

I’m a huge fan of the saying “Everybody has something.” I say it all the time and it is totally true because hello, that’s called life. If you make it through without “something,” consider yourself very lucky. Or an ever-loving freak of nature.

Our family was dealt a pretty big something in 2010 when our then ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. It truly affected our entire family, everything literally changed that morning the doctor discovered her blood sugar was almost 800 and sent us to the emergency room. We were admitted, and there for a few days, where I learned how to poke her finger to check her blood sugar, count carbs for her meals, and give my daughter injections of insulin. When we were sent home with a few books and a handful of prescriptions, we literally had no idea what we were doing and it was scary.

We made it through the first six months literally by the grace of god, the internet, supportive friends and family, and finding the best medical team a Type One Diabetic could ever ask for. We kept our heads up and just took it day by day because we had no other choice. I researched everything I could get my hands on because knowledge is power and our something wasn’t going to beat us.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and with a few lovely ladies, Erin from Queen of Spain, Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode, and BlogHer editor-in-chief Stacy, and chat during a roundtable discussion about our “somethings:” sponsored by Stayfree®. Enjoy.

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A Miracle Marathon For Me And You: 27 Miles In 27 Days

posted by Zakary on September 10, 2014

I’m stoked to share that I’m serving as a lead blogger for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

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Did you know that approximately 27.2 kids in the U.S are diagnosed with cancer every day?

Every 27.2 days approximately 1,100 kids will be diagnosed with Type One Diabetes? 

And approximately 27.2 kids in the U.S will die each month from cancer?

We were on the receiving end of that second statistic in January 2011 (five days before my daughter’s 10th birthday) and I’m here to tell you, it was major suckage.

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When she was almost 12, she came down with the stomach flu. The stomach flu can be very dangerous for a Type One Diabetic, they run the risk of their blood sugar going too high and developing Ketoacidosis. In Zoe’s case, she vomited right after taking a huge dose of insulin to cover the carbs in the dinner she was about to eat and her blood sugar bottomed out for hours. Early the next morning after a terrible night of sickness and battling her glucose levels and crying (me), her pediatric endocrinologist sent us straight to Children’s Hospital Colorado. He called ahead to let them know we were on our way and the level of care and compassion she received while in the ER was above and beyond anything I have ever seen in a hospital. The staff stopped her vomiting almost immediately, but she was already extremely dehydrated spilling a large amount of ketones, but they fixed her right up. We were there for about 10 hours and my only regret was that I didn’t take her in sooner, lesson learned. Children’s Hospital Colorado is our preferred hospital and it is on all their school/activity forms.

So, what is the Miracle Marathon? It’s a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run, walk, or achieve forward motion of any kind one mile per day starting September 16th. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, October 12th, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST. It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kiddos. It’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all the miles at once.

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Please join me and register to support Children’s Hospital Colorado or another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, and tell a friend. If you register as a Miracle Maker (you’ll receive fun swag), you can use my special code MIRACLEZAKARY to get a 10% discount off registration.

You can sign up for Team Raising Colorado here or you can sponsor one of my miles here (seriously any amount). Your donation is tax-deductible, 100 percent of proceeds go to help sick or injured kids, and all donations go directly to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids.

High fives to everyone, especially Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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