I have been following this little warriors story for awhile now! This little warrior has Type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed at age 4.
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The only treatment for the disease is a lifelong dependence on insulin therapy-- through multiple daily injections or a pump. There is no remission; there is no cure. This disease requires constant care and vigilance in terms of counting carbohydrates, administering the correct amount of insulin, and monitoring blood sugar to avoid going high or low-- all of which, if miscalculated, can become a life-threatening situation. This disease consumes families. There is no break and caregivers often experience burnout and exhaustion trying to keep their child alive.
When it comes to cold and flu season, families with Type 1 experience an increase in anxiety. The flu, which is miserable but manageable for us, has the potential to land our kids in hospitals. Some even die. Because our small community isn't equipped to care for kiddos with Type 1, these kids are often life-flighted to Seattle in serious/critical condition.
This is a very life limiting condition for the entire family. They are constantly monitoring for highs and lows. They have had many sleepless nights due to the brittleness of this disease. This disease is SCARY!!!
I know of so many little warriors here in our area with this disease!
Please help bring awareness by sharing this knowledge!