I remember finding out I was pregnant for the first time, I told myself I would be completely happy if this baby would be totally healthy and I had to give up everything else I wanted and hoped for in life. I thought the same thing when we found out I was pregnant with our little girl. Lucky for me, both of our children are healthy {knock on wood!}, but there isn’t a time that it doesn’t cross my mind that they too may end up with diabetes. After all, I was healthy until shorty before I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in September 1990. I was only 7 and in second grade. I remember telling my mom in the doctors office it was okay and not a big deal. I sincerely hope that I never have to listen to one of my children tell me the same thing because they don’t know any better.

Being diabetic changed my little world. It still isn’t fun. I have a huge fear of needles because of it {hello no epidurals for me!} and hate, hate, hate any blood work my doctors make me get. You would think I would be over the needle thing, but it has only gotten worse over the years. I would almost rather run a marathon {is it freezing and rainy in January at the Disney Marathon? I may just deal with the needles after that freezing experience!}

I want to do something to help find a cure for this disease that impacts so many people. There are walks and other ways to help, but I want to do something that will bring more awareness than just me doing the walks or sending in donations. What am I planning with help from great friends?

A wedding vendor auction! Mady Joe Photography and  Cayden Lane Photography are teaming up with Paulina Perez who is an amazing make-up artist! She was voted the best in Jacksonville by the theknot.com and weddingchannel.com. She’s pretty amazing and such a giving person.

The services will be auctioned off with all the proceeds benefitting Northeast Chapter of the Juvenile diabetes research foundation. So, keep checking the blog for more details!

If you’re a wedding vendor and interested in also donating your services to help this cause, please e-mail me at MadyJoePhotography@gmail.com. We could really use your help!

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