TIME: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6-7:30pm
Once diagnosed with this life changing illness, it requires 24-hour monitoring, frequent blood sugar checks, carbohydrate counting, followed by calculated doses of insulin, and worry. Parents become life-saving medical personnel. Children become pin cushions, tied to the daily regimen of checking and covering their sugar levels. Most young children are kept on a normal diet, as they need sugar to grow, to think and to keep active. A big misconception about these children with Type 1 Diabetes, is that they should avoid sugar, or even that sugar caused their diabetes. This misconception can be very upsetting to parents and children.
Children with Type 1 Diabetes can do anything they want to do. They look normal to you, but we, parents, see the pin pricks on their fingertips, the scar tissue on their bellies and tears as they get yet another shot. We are the guardians of the night, getting up 1-3 times to make sure that blood sugar levels are in a good range, too high means organ damage, too low could mean coma or death. It is a lifestyle that only Type 1 Diabetes parents understand.
Michael’s Miracles began as a support system for these newly diagnosed families and has grown into so much more. Our Monthly support group meetings, our care packages, our School training program, our awareness events, and our diabetes camp scholarships, all provide comfort to families who have children with Type 1 Diabetes. We are here so they do not feel so alone.
By Kim Buonocore
CEO of Michael’s Miracles
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