Isabella’s Story

divaDid you know that diabetes affects 366 million people worldwide? More than 15,000 adults and 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) every year in the U.S. alone. On August 28, 2012 our 2 year old daughter, Isabella (Isa), became one of those kids.

Isa spent 3 long nights in the hospital being constantly poked and injected. She was very happy when she finally went home to be with us and her brother and sister (they're triplets!). Isa is doing great, but her life will be forever changed.

She will be forced to manage her condition on a daily basis with a controlled diet, constant monitoring of her blood glucose levels and multiple insulin injections. By the time she turns 18 years old, Isa will have had more than 40,000 finger pricks and more than 23,000 injections of insulin.

While we still have a lot to learn about T1D, we are ready to face this challenge head on and we know our little Isa will do great. We are now committed to raising awareness and fundraising to find a cure.


Isabella and Brynlee, T1D BFFs

Defining a ‘Cure’

  According to Webster's, there are three definitions of the word "cure": 1) Something (such as a drug or medical treatment) that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again 2) Something that ends a problem or improves a bad situation 3) The act of making someone healthy again … [Read More...]

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The #TBT No One Wants To See

Nearly two years. Now, more than half her life. Every day. Forever. Sitting in the standard metal hospital chair, I looked over at Isabella. Everything seemed the same...just the crib swapped out for a rolling bed. Hadn't we just been here? Didn't we just experienced the exact same … [Read More...]

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Three Words: Reflections from Friends for Life

I had just finished participating in DSMA (Diabetes Social Media Advocacy), the live Twitter chat that happens every Wednesday night at 9pm EST (which I've suddenly become addicted to). It was around 10:30pm and I finally sat down to write my blog post, reflecting on the Children with Diabetes … [Read More...]

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Now, we wait.

Checking... Checking... We stared intently at the meter, seemingly taking forever to provide a blood sugar reading. Checking... Checking... 84. And with that we released a sigh of relief. Today would not be the day we had another child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Nope, not … [Read More...]

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Grandma Gets It: Diabetes and Disney

*Our family had the opportunity to attend this year's Children With Diabetes 'Friends for Life' Conference held each summer in Orlando.  This was our second year attending the conference and we decided to invite one of Isabella's grandmothers, Darlene, to join us. While we will be sharing our own … [Read More...]

Scarred fingertips: the shared badge of those with T1D...even at age 3.

A Reflection on Linens

  I pull the matching pink quilts out of the dryer and head upstairs to do what I always tell Greg is my least favorite house-cleaning task: changing sheets. Before dropping off each quilt in the girl's rooms I hold them up to determine whose is whose. Two years ago these quilts were … [Read More...]

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