July 24, 2017….this was the day our 13 year old daughter Grace was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We started noticing her drinking lots of water, no desire to eat and sleeping all the time. She went up north to spend the weekend with her grandparents and my mother-in-law called Sunday, July 23 saying Grace needed to come home, she wasn’t feeling good. Our first thought was she had the flu and using the bathroom all the time, may have a urinary tract infection too. Morning of July 24, she begged to go to the doctor’s office but at 6am, they were not open so we took her to the emergency room. We will never forget that moment when the doctor came in and the nurse had just poked Grace’s finger for the blood sugar meter. The nurse responded, “Doctor, I think we have found the problem”. Grace’s blood sugar was 555! We sat in disbelief, Grace had a healthy sports physical just six weeks prior. No history of any type of diabetes on either side of the family and we didn’t have much knowledge in type 1 diabetes. Today, Grace is 14 years old and living life to the fullest, doing all the fun teenage stuff. She has never let obstacles stop her in the past, T1D isn’t going to either.
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