Emily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on October 19, 2001, at the tender age of 2 1/2. She had been exhibiting symptoms of excessive thirst and urination for weeks. When her mom asked a licensed nurse practitioner at her doctor's office if it could be juvenile diabetes, the nurse practitioner answered "Oh no - she'd need to be really sick for it to be diabetes."
Luckily, Emily's parents didn't wait for her to get "really sick." They followed their gut instinct and insisted that her blood sugar be tested. It read "Hi" on the meter at the doc's office, and she was admitted to Children's Hospital that afternoon. Her initial blood glucose reading was 722.
Emily is now a bright, funny, energetic three year old. She has an older sister, Sarah (7 years old) and a younger brother, Matthew (17 months old). Emily endures her multiple blood sugar tests each day without much complaining, but 10 months after diagnosis, she still fights us at every injection.
We are all very confident that a cure will be discovered in Emily's lifetime. Her parents are active in their local JDRF chapter and are looking forward to participating in their first walk this October. Emily's mom was fortunate enough to attend the CWD Friends for Life conference in Pasadena this past July, and is already saving her pennies so that the entire family can go to Orlando in 2003!
Emily and her family receive e-mail at coffey5[@]ameritech.net.
Published August 28, 2002
Last Updated: Sunday December 05, 2004 10:16:53
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