It's an odd feeling to be here again, sharing the story of Colbi's diagnosis and asking for family and friends to stand by our side as we walk in our 3rd JDRF One Walk united as ColbSTARS. On one hand I can't believe that it has been just over a year since Colbi was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, while on the other hand I can't believe it's ONLY been 2.5 year since she was diagnosed.
In the last year, Alana and I have set 3AM alarms for over 365 days, have packed over 700 juice boxes and apple sauce pouches, have finger pricked our little girl over 2,500 times, have gone through a dozen sharps containers, boxes of alcohol wipes, and endless supplies of test strips, ketone strips, needles, syringes, Dexcom sensors, transmitters, and Omnipods. Oh wait- I forgot to mention the medicine... a stock pile of quick acting and long acting insulin that we store in the refrigerator and scary looking glucagon shots that we thankfully have not had to use. THIS is just a glimpse into our year with type 1 diabetes.
But we are lucky.
*We are lucky that we caught the symptoms (extreme thirst, endless hunger, frequent bathroom trips).
*We are lucky because upon diagnosis Colbi was not in DKA and only needed to be in the pediatric unit and not in tbe PICU.
*We are lucky to be with a doctor who believes in technology and is progressive with treatments. This is someone who we will be seeing at least every 3 months until Colbi reaches adulthood (if there is not a cure sooner)
*We are lucky to have a Dexcom to monitor Colbi's sugar near or far.
*We are lucky that Colbi is in a school where the nurse and teachers understand the severity of the disease.
*We are lucky to be a part of JDRF and for the support they provide our family and thousands of others JDRF is so much more than an organization that funds research, for us it has become a support system for us as a family and as individuals.
***MOST IMPORTANTLY- We are lucky that Colbi continues to thrive in anything she does. Our ColbSTAR lets nothing stop her from being an incredible 5 year old!
She is my hero.
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