As many of you may or may not know, Amaya was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on January 13, 2014.
The months before Amaya’s diagnosis, she was developing odd symptoms. She waslosing weight (even though she had a big appetite), had a bad attitude, was alwaystired, didn’t seem to enjoy much of anything, was really thirsty, and urinatinga lot (even wetting the bed several times a week). While some of her symptomscould be easily explained being that she had just started school, it justdidn’t make sense that my otherwise healthy little girl was acting so strangeFinally we decided that enough was enough, there HAD to be something going onwith her. After searching her symptoms together rather than separately, they all pointed towards one cause… Type 1 Diabetes.
I was in a panic, and in shock. My daughter was only 6 years old! Like manypeople, I did not know much about Type 1 Diabetes, only Type 2. So this allseemed very unreal to me. How can my 6 year old, active and healthy little girlnow have diabetes? However, this one just an idea, so I had to get her into her doctor to see if what I thought was going on was actually true.
We picked her up from school and took her straight to the doctor’s office where they ran a urine test on her. And not long after, it came back positive. Shehad sugar passing through her urine, and was positive for keystones. They toldus that she did in fact have Type 1 Diabetes and we were then sent to the A.I.Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, where we stayed for 4 days withher. During these 4 days, she was started on insulin, and we were educated onhow to care for her. These were the scariest days of my life. There was so much confusion, sleepless nights, and many tears.
From that day on, Amaya had to start a new routine in her life. This means that she would receive a minimumof 4-5 insulin injections per day, check her blood sugar 5-6 times per day, andcount every single carbohydrate that she eats as we need to give her enoughinsulin to cover all the carbs that she eats (carbs=sugar). On average, after one year she will have received 1,643 insulin injections.
While she does have to do things differently now than other children, we still try to let her be a kid.We still go play at the park, have s’mores by the fire, and have ice cream atrandom times. The only difference is that we have to check sugar and insulininjections. She’s asked us several times, “why do I have to have diabetes?, whydid this happen to me” or tell us “it’s not fair!” As a parent, I wish I had Ithese answers for her, but unfortunately I don’t. The only thing we can do for her now is let her be a kid, take care of her, teach her how to manage herdiabetes, and support her as best as we can.
So, this is our first year walking with the JDRF in search of a cure. We arelooking for donations of any amount for our team, which will help the JDRF withresearching a cure, and to support families like us. With your help, we canturn Type One into Type None!