My name is Kenzig. I am seven years old and in the first grade. I am my daddy's princess, my mommy's moose, a big sister and a little sister. I have a lot of friends and I enjoy just about everything. There is just one problem.
When I was 6 years old, on December 9, 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. My daddy and mommy found me laying on the bathroom floor one evening, and although I was awake, I couldn't move. I was rushed to the hospital and the doctors and nurses started working on me instantly. When they told my mommy that I had Type 1 diabetes, the doctor told her that my life was in danger and they needed to get me up to ICU NOW to begin insulin drips. My mommy asked him if I would be alright and he said "we are doing everything we can". My mommy was so scared and so was I.
Thankfully after almost a week in ICU, I was finally well enough to move to a regular room, and there my life changed forever. My family and I had to learn how to take care of me. We had to learn how to count carbs, work formulas to calculate insulin dosing, and the hardest of all, I had to learn to take shots. On average I take approximately 5 shots a day of my fast acting insulin and one shot a day of my long acting. I also have to prick my finger at at least 5 times a day as well. On average, I take over 2,000 shots a year and poke my finger over 2,000 times as well. Can you imagine doing over 4,000 pokes a year!!
We try and make my life as normal as possible, but unfortunately that's not always possible. If there is a snack at school, I have to see the school nurse first. I can't have sleepovers at my friends because I am not old enough yet to take care of myself. I can't just eat or drink anything I want whenever I want. Unless I am drinking water or eating the very few snacks that are considered free, I have to take a shot for everything that enters my mouth. What kind of life is that for a child?
As children, we should be playing, having fun, and being carefree. We shouldn't have to worry about shots, hospitals, illnesses, and even death. This is where you can help. With your donation we can raise money to help find a cure. My diabetes doctor told me that he is hopeful a cure will be found before I am in my 20's; I pray he is right. Please help that become a reality. Please help us to just be little as we should be!