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I am blessed to be parenting two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven. My youngest nearly lost her life at age six (August 2010) to diabetic ketoacidosis: an often fatal consequences of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. This is OUR journey: raw and sometimes, uncensored.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes (aka Juvenille Diabetes) is an auto immune disease in which the pancreas, for one reason or another, stops producing insulin, or no longer produces sufficient insulin. This is not a lifestyle disease. It is not because you ate too much McDonald's, or spent too much time in front of the television, it is not because your parents are horribly inadequate. A major digestive organ has stopped working, and, as being diagnosed, you are now and forever dependent on insulin injections.

This condition is very much a ticking timebomb. For even if medical professionals knew that your child would develop it, there is absolutely nothing they could do to prevent the onset.

Only ten percent of all diabetic cases are Type 1.... but out of that small ten percentile, 90% are children.

There is no cure for this condition. A child will never outgrow it. We can only hope and pray that the wonderful foundations that are spending millions of dollars researching this disease will be able to find a cure..... and they are close. Just not close enough.

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