About 3 months ago, our oldest daughter, Rylie, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She has always been such an energetic and fun kid, so we definitely took notice when she started spending increasing hours sleeping. And when she was awake, she was lethargic and dragging. She was constantly complaining about a dry mouth, drinking a lot more water, and going to the bathroom way more than normal. The most noticeable change was in her appearance. Pictures from the previous months were of a healthy - not quite "chubby" - girl. She had lost so much weight in such a short time, her face was gaunt and her arms were sticks.
Sarah was worried, and mentioned her concern to family friends, one of whom had diabetes. She came over immediately and tested Rylie's blood sugar. A normal range, we learned, was about 80 - 120. Rylie's blood sugar was 531.
Since then, Rylie's life, and our family's, has been changed. We learned all about the management of Diabetes, and how to monitor Rylie's condition and what to do if she starts to have a "low" and how to prevent a "high". Most important, we learned that there is currently no cure, and Rylie will need to give herself insulin injections for every meal and snack she has for the rest of her life.
It is our dream to see this disease cured in our lifetimes. Please support the JDRF and help us raise money to fund diabetes research!
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