Welcome to Mission for Maddie! Our whole family will be taking part in this years Walk to raise funds to improve the lives of all people affected by Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). T1D is an autoimmune disease that comes on suddenly when the body's own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, and there's no cure.
Maddie is my daughter. She's 6. Maddie has Type 1 Diabetes. She was diangosed on July 18, 2012. This is her story.
It's a shock. You arrive at the pediatrician's office for a typical yearly well-check appointment. You mention a few concerns about her health and behavior. A few tests later and you are told to go to the hospital - Maddie has T1D.
Well, it's been a year! There were so many big changes in her young life in the past year with friends, elementary school, activities and of course, her diabetes. It was hard. It's still hard. Yet, this sweet little angel has handled this bump in her life's path with incredible grace and understanding.
Managing T1D is an hourly balancing act all day, every day - balancing insulin doses with eating and activity throughout the day and night. Maddie knows she eats on a strict hourly interval schedule and can't eat or drink anything without asking me first. Certain foods react with her body well and some do not. Maddie also knows she has to check her blood sugar before every exercise activity she participates in to make sure it is safe for her. If her blood sugar drops too low, she could suffer insulin shock and fall unconscience. Alternatively, if her blood sugar rises to high for too long, she can also experience diabetic ketoacidoses and fall into a coma. She is adjusting as the disease also changes and adjusts. Of course, she has her days and her moments when she just wants to be like a "normal" kid, but fortunately, those are few and far between because of Maddie's outlook on life. She is absolutley amazing in knowing her body and letting an adult know when she feels "high" or "low". Maddie has a strong faith in God and trusts his plan for her.
Maddie pricks her own fingers for blood sugar checks at least 4 to 6 times a day and assists in giving herself at least 4 insulin shots per day as well. I am so proud of her because she has also recently began giving herself her own shots! What a brave little girl! So, in a little over one year since diagnosis, Maddie has successfully pricked her little fingers over 2,300 times and received over 1,500 shots. Can you imagine doing this the rest of your life? Maddie doesn't have to wonder - she's living and thriving with it.
Life can present many challenges with kids with T1D: summer camps, babysitters, sleepovers, birthday parties, vacations, organized sports, playdates, etc. She knows she is different and she knows her T1D will never go away. At the same time, Maddie also knows that she can do anything and everything she wants to do while managing her diabetes. She is facing this disease with so much grace, and her future is very bright!
Please help support us in our effort and attempt to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). JDRF gives 90% of the money it earns towards research. Research is the key. There are many devices that help make lives better for Maddie and other childern with T1D, but there is no cure. Insulin is literally their life support. There are some cure and prevention ideas, but they can't become a reality without your help. Please donate what you can, but if that isn't possible right now, you can still help. Please spread the word and walk with us! Join the walk. Join for Maddie and all the other children who deserve our support.