On March 24, 2018, only 6 weeks after
celebrating her first birthday, my sweet granddaughter, Morgan, ended up in the
ER at Surrey Memorial hospital. What was misdiagnosed days previous as
just a worsening case of the flu turned out to be DKA, a very serious condition
that develops when your body does not produce enough insulin. It was on
that day that Morgan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
The next 3 days were a blur for Andrea and Daryl
as they were with Morgan around the clock as the doctors worked to slowly bring
her blood sugar down to a safer level. On the 4th day and feeling a lot better,
Morgan was transferred to Children’s Hospital where Mom, Dad and Grandma Trepke
receive their diabetes training.
After dealing with the initial shock of the
diagnosis they have begun adjusting to life with diabetes. They are
extremely lucky to have an amazing support system including parents, extended family, friends and Morgan's biggest supporter, her big brother Miles. As well we are so grateful for the support of the nurse educators, dieticians, and endocrinologists. In just 4 short weeks they have had to become experts in diabetes management.
While there have been many advances in the
treatment of diabetes such as continuous glucose monitors and insulin pumps
none of these are available to Morgan due to her young age and size.
But this is not a sad story. What we have is
hope. On Sunday June 3 we will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes. JDRF is the largest non-profit
funder of type1 diabetes research in the world with a mission to accelerate
life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its
complications. With your help we can turn type 1 into type NONE.
you for donating and making a difference for Morgan