Perrin is your average 10 year old. He's smart, loves to play video games, loves to hang out with his family and friends and is loved by all.
Perrins Diagnosis Story:
The weekend of January 17th, 2014 Perrin started complaining of extreme thirst, having to go potty all the time and began wetting his bed. He had complained also about not feeling good, but Dad and I had had a cold and I honestly thought he was getting it. The symptoms continued, and on Sunday January 26th he came to me literally crying because he was afraid to go to bed. He said he had wet his pants 5 times the night before. At this point, I was DONE! I called Monday morning and his appointment was scheduled for 2:45. Upon arriving at the doctor’s office, the nurse took a urine sample and then came back and said the Dr. wanted a glucose test also. After they had received the results, the doctor came in and explained that we were going to Scottish Rite as soon as they had everything set up. He explained that Perrin was dehydrated even though he was drinking all the time. The traffic was a nightmare!!! After an hour in the van, we made it. His dad met us in the ER and within 20 mins we were in our first room. The nurses came in they explained that we were staying two nights, this was definitely Type 1 diabetes and I needed to make other arrangements for little brother. I sat there in shock! The next few hours are a blur. I cried several times just processing the diagnosis. They ran their tests, checked Perrin out and starting loading us with information. Perrins glucose was 525 at this point. We spent 3 ½ days in the hospital thanks to the ice storm that hit Atlanta.
Perrin has adjusted to his new life as best as he can! He began giving himself shots with the pen just 12 days after diagnosis. And we are learning more and more everyday about his disease. We are learning how to manage his highs and lows and we learn from each new challenge.
As you can imagine, this disease was such a shock to our family and friends. That’s why we all want to do something to help find a cure. Before Perrin was diagnosed, he wanted to cure cancer; now curing Type 1 is his new goal.
About Type 1 Diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is a life-threatening autoimmune disease in which a person's pancreas stops producing insulin. It strikes both children and adults suddenly and changes life as they know it forever. It cannot be prevented and there is no cure.
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic research plan to fight T1D. Every dollar JDRF is able to direct toward research comes from donors like you.
The challenge we've set ourselves - to raise money for JDRF and to walk - is modest compared to the daily challenges of life with T1D, which involves a 24/7, unrelenting cycle of blood sugar testing and insulin injections to manage the disease.
Will you accept the challenge to make a difference by walking with us? Just click on the "Join this Team" button, make a donation, and start fundraising.
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you on Walk day!