On July 13, 2011, my 9-year-old neice Abby was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, life has changed forever for Abby.
From the words of my sister-in-law, Andrea: Since that day, Abby has learned to prick her finger 6+ times per day. At each meal, she has to have a shot of insulin, as well as one at bedtime. Though she does not have to eat sugar-free (a common misconception), we have to count, weigh and measure her food in order to determine the correct insulin dosage. As I write this, I am estimating that she has had approximately 2800 finger pricks and 2000 shots since her diagnosis. This has been done everywhere from our kitchen table to the Pixie Hollow line at Disneyland. While it has become part of our routine, it never gets easier. We dream of a day when we can stop at a lemonade stand without having to prick a finger and measure the lemonade and give a shot.
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