A Lifetime of Diabetes

I just saw a link to a wonderful picture project! It is called A Lifetime of Diabetesby Teresa Ollila. First read about this project, then view the pictures. This is really a great depiction of what children deal with every hour of every day once they are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This never ends, there has to be a constant awareness of what their blood sugar is at all times, and shots or insulin pump corrections for high blood sugar and eating or drinking carbs to correct lows. We take for granted what our body does naturally and so perfectly, until someone in our family is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

People with Type 1 diabetes live a normal life – they go to school, compete in sports and academic achievements – but they can’t ignore their disease for more than an hour or two at a time. Parents especially become exhausted with caring and worrying about their child, especially when the child is so very young that they cannot do any of their own care or even tell their parents how they feel. It is scary sending our children to school, where many people have no idea that ignoring symptoms of high or low blood sugar can be fatal. Some parents have more than one child with Type 1 diabetes, and it is overwhelming!

The diagnosis can come at any age, from newborns through adulthood. No one can live without insulin. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system attacking the cells that produce insulin. No one can prevent it and it is not caused by anything we do or what we eat. The cause is still unknown.

There are many scientific research projects going on and many are very close to finding a cure for Type 1! We hope it will be very soon so our kids do not have to go through this daily struggle for the rest of their lives. But until that day … we have HOPE!

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