after Isabellas 6th birthday, we had the scare
of our lives. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,
Juvenile Onset Diabetes and is insulin dependent for
life. All the signs had been there but we did not
realize as we did not have the awareness. Excessive
thirst, nausea, frequent urination, pale and sunken-in
facial features. She looked thin. Upon picking her
up from summer camp, the counselor brought her, lethargically,
over to me. For a girl who was rarely sick, this was
shocking. I thought shed caught something from
someone at camp so brought her home and told her to
rest and drink lots of water. She kept falling asleep
and I thought she must be exhausted and dehydrated.
This continued from about 5pm 10:30pm when
she finally stopped and fell asleep with us.
6:30am Bella awoke very dreary and pointed to her
heart and that it hurt. It was racing. We went immediately
to the ER,
where she vomited on the scale and was hyperventilating.
We were so scared. After several tests the ER doctor
confirmed that she was dehydrated but because she
has Type 1 diabetes. I was shocked and in denial.
I put on my just take action and do what you
need to mode.
slipped into a diabetic coma in transit to Boston
Childrens Hospital with me by her side. She
did not awake until late that night. We spent 4 full
days and 3 nights in the hospital while she gained
strength and began to understand that life had just
changed drastically forever. We were given a great
deal of information, calculations to learn and were
not allowed to leave the hospital until we had a firm
grip on it and giving her 2 kinds of insulin through
we check Bellas blood sugars, administer insulin,
count carbs and do calculations that change at any
given moment. She has learned to do much of this on
her own and give herself insulin, too. She recognizes
signs of being low and high and knows how to treat
them. She is a real trooper and we are very proud
her. Life is not always fair but we have learned to
deal with it.
attend support groups and are blessed with an amazing
local hospital that cares and has a great deal of
support, provides camps, functions, events and classes
to learn and grow to parents of diabetics and children
living with diabetes. JDRF has also been wonderful
and we did our first walk last year to help raise
money towards research for finding a cure and helping
children of Type 1 have a better life living with
am so blessed to have the knowledge about nutrition,
to help Bella and others make healthier choices for
living with diabetes and help prevent future disease
and complications that can arise as a result of being
diabetic and not having good control of blood sugars,
etc. We assume that nutritionists, dieticians and
MDs know about proper eating; but many will admit
that they are not well educated on the subject. For
example, recommending that diabetics consume chemically
processed sugars (aspartame, splenda, equal, etc.)
hurts them further. Yes, we understand that no sugar
and no carbs is what we are looking to achieve here,
but a healthier alternative is Stevia. Chemically
processed sugars contribute to many health problems,
like cancer, MS and more, which can even lead to death.
I am glad to be associated with professionals around
the world that understand health, diabetes, proper
treatments and nutrition, who have taught me. I can
hear what we are being told by the diabetic educators,
and can alter it to be utilized in a healthier way.
We do not have to succumb to treating one disease
to cause another, as is often the unintended result.
a big part of my life is helping other children living
with diabetes, by teaching what I have learned and
to be a support for them in sharing valuable tools
that can help anyone affected by diabetes. I plan
to continue to help support JDRF, Wentworth Douglas
Hospital and The NH Dream Factory who have all been
a blessing and big help to us. And I am sure there
will be others as well, as science learns more about
the roles of genetics and lifestyle in diabetes.
website is another addition to helping people live
a healthier lifestyle. We use natural and organic
products in our home. We try to stear far away from
chemicals which can even be hidden in our self care
and cleaning products. For these reasons along with
some sensitivity issues, we have began making some
of our own. We hope that you enjoy them too.
J. Walley, Certified LEAN Family Coach, Wellness Educator
and Proud Mom