I am 8 years old. I will be 9 in February. This summer I started to get really thirsty, so I drank a lot and needed to go to the bathroom a lot too. Then I started to lose weight even though I was hungry and eating all my food. It happened so fast that my mom and dad thought I was having a growth spurt. They didn’t know that something was very wrong until I got sick to my stomach on the morning of August 22. My mom knew this wasn’t just a stomach bug because I looked so bad. She took me to the hospital and after getting my urine and blood tested, I was sent to the Pediatric ICU. I was there for 4 days with a very serious condition called DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). My pancreas stopped making insulin, my blood sugar was really high, and I was dehydrated. DKA put me at risk for a heart attack, organ failure, and a coma. Luckily, the nurses and doctors at the hospital took care of me and brought down my blood sugar and taught my parents how to take care of me.
I used to be afraid of needles and shots. Now I have to take insulin shots before every meal and snack, at bedtime, and when my blood sugar is too high. I also have to prick my finger or the palm of my hand to check my blood sugar 4 to 6 times a day, and my parents, school nurse, and I have to count the carbs for everything I eat and drink. I have gotten used to the shots and pokes, still don’t like them, but I want to try what is called a continuous glucose monitor (cgm) and an insulin pump so I won’t get as many shots and pokes a day. More than anything, I WANT A CURE!!!
Please join me, my parents and sisters on Saturday, November 10 in Albuquerque for the JDRF One Walk! If you cant walk with us, please make a donation to fund research towards a T1D cure!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).