As many of you know, my granddaughter, Emma was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 22 months old.
After nearly 12 years of diabetes, Emma is doing great! She is a happy and healthy teenager who loves life, likes to help others and is managing her disease as best she can.
When you have Type 1 diabetes you are faced with challenges every day. Lows can happen anytime and become dangerous quickly. Highs abound and must be cut down as soon as possible to minimize potential long-term complications.
Emma still checks her blood sugars 6-8 times a day. When her insulin pump fails she can’t eat, play or go back to class until it is replaced and her numbers come down. Emma deals with diabetes-related issues every day. Wherever she goes and whatever she does, diabetes has to be figured in.
Emma is active in her diabetes care, as well as, speaks to companies, organizations and school kids about life with diabetes. I am so impressed at her maturity at 13 and her ability to take this terrible disease and turn it into an opportunity to educate others about T1d.
I am flying to Minnesota (in the middle of winter) to be part of Emma's team. Please consider sponsoring me and together we will help Emma find a cure.