This year we have a fundraising goal of $6,000.00 for Amaya's team. Last year we raised $5,400+ and we did this with the support of all of you. Without our family and friends we cannot do these fundraisers to help support the research needed in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Here's our story for those that are new to our cause, and as always thank you in advance for all you do for us!
On December 18th, 2001, we were blessed with a beautiful 9lb, 3 1/4 oz baby who we named Amaya Elyce Tyne. On May 4th, 2011, that same beautiful child, then age 9, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). What this means is that her pancreas, for unknown reasons, will never make insulin on it's own ever again and she has to give herself insulin manually to make up for what the pancreas isn't doing every single day. Our body needs insulin to take up the sugar out of our bloodstream into our cells for energy. If we don't have insulin our body goes into a state of acidic toxicity and death can occur. If we have TOO MUCH insulin our body cannot function and the same results are possible. So, you can imagine how we all felt upon receiving this news. After Amaya was diagnosed, she was sick about once a month for the next two years ending up in about 15 hospital stays. She missed many school events, trips and overnight stays with friends that many kids her age got to experience. She experienced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) where she felt horrible, weak, confused and unable to care for herself. She experienced hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) where we couldn't get it under control and would end up in the hospital sometimes for a week straight. Amaya had a sensitivity to the insulin devices we used and the doctor's were unable to figure this out. Once we changed to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics they figured it out in one day and we have had normal diabetic issues since. It was the longest two years of our lives waking up at all hours of the night hoping she was breathing and her blood sugars weren't too far out of our reach. The sensitivity made her body reject the port going into her so she got some insulin some of the time and sometimes none at all. We lost time from work, school, and had limited funds because of the medical supplies and hospital stays. We were all sleep deprived and tried to do the best we could to make it through day by day.
The reason we raise money and awareness for this cause is because they are so close to finding a cure. So close to giving my child a chance at a normal life where she doesn't have to worry every day about how she feels and if she can or can't do things based on her blood sugar levels. So her little brother can grow up with her and as parents we can see her have a family of her own some day if she wants. These things are all possible now but it isn't the same when you deal with T1D. Every carbohydrate is counted, every meal is portioned, every next move anticipated. She checks her blood sugar about 6-10 times a day and sometimes when she's sick she tests more. We get up at 2:00am every morning to check her blood sugar and she doesn't even wake up through it all. We run close to short on supplies sometimes, and sometimes she loses things that are really hard to replace. She will be 12 on the 18th of December this year and she is a regular child in that she forgets things sometimes and other times she amazes me at her maturity.
We are fighting for a cure for Amaya and everyone else out there who has to deal with T1D. Thank you for being a part of our fight and hopefully one day the cure from type one to type none!