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Putting an end to T1D, one step at a time

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!

Thank you! 


Lila Viviana

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November 10, 2018
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Starts: 10:00 AM
Length of walk: TBD


Isotopes Park
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106



Janna Harrison
Email | (505) 255-4005

New Mexico Chapter
6100 Indian School, SE
Suite 201
Albuquerque, NM 87110