When Sofi Jaimes was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15, the news came as quite a shock.
Her mother, Carrie Victorio, had taken her to the pediatrician the day before for a skin infection that would not clear. Carrie had hoped they would leave the appointment with a simple treatment, but instead, she and Sofi received a life-changing diagnosis.
Sofi had type 1 diabetes (T1D) — a disease in which the body stops producing insulin (a hormone essential to turning food into energy). It’s an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle.
T1D cannot be prevented, and at present, there is no cure. Nobody in Sofi’s family had T1D, so the news was unexpected and difficult to process. But even through her fear and confusion, Sofi said simply, “We got this, Ma.”
Although they knew nothing about what it looked like to manage this chronic condition, their medical team at Centennial taught them the basics — how to give insulin injections, count carbohydrates for dosing, and how to treat the inevitable high and low blood sugars. They also found support through their local JDRF chapter.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. Through JDRF, they found a community of people who know exactly what they’re going through. They also learned that JDRF funds research that has led to many of the technological advancements in T1D management that help make Sofi’s life easier and safer.
Sofi now uses an insulin pump, which allows her to dose her insulin more accurately without multiple injections each day. She also recently started on a continuous glucose monitor that reads her blood sugar every five minutes and alerts her when she drops too high or low. Her mom even gets Sofi’s blood sugar alerts via an app on her phone.
Shortly after her diagnosis, Sofi signed up for a clinical trial through Vanderbilt’s TrialNet program, and for nearly two years has been making trips from Murfreesboro to Nashville for the appointments. Sofi decided to do this because she wants to help, even if in a small way, to keep anyone else from having to live a life with T1D.
This desire for a cure is also why Sofi and her family support the JDRF One Walk. On Sept. 28, Carrie, Sofi, and Sofi’s sister, Gaby, plan to join thousands of others for the JDRF One Walk in Nashville.
The JDRF One Walk is important to the family because the research JDRF funds has already helped to make Sofi's life with T1D easier. They walk because JDRF's mission aligns with their hopes and dreams for improved treatments and a cure.
To support Sofi in the JDRF One Walk, visit walk.jdrf.org, search for Sofi Jaimes, and click Donate.