First cousins, Caleb Warnock and Harrison Sanders, have an amazing story to tell. When Caleb was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on December 22, 2014. Caleb was a real trooper with handling his diagnosis. He learned very quickly all he could learn about diabetes at that young of an age. He was soon outfitted with a Dexcom unit that he nicknamed "dexter." Dexter became a part of his everyday life and he knew he needed to keep Dexter close by at all times. Later, Caleb was outfitted with an insulin pump. This too, he learned all about it and will tell anyone who asks, all about it and what it does. Today, Caleb is still learning about diabetes and growing fast and hasn't slowed down one bit.
Harrison's story is a bit different. Harrison lives in Tallahassee, FL and was visiting his family in Mississippi. His parents had noticed his diabetic symptoms in the 2 weeks prior to their visit. Since they were suspicious, he checked his blood sugar with his cousin, Caleb's, glucose monitor. After a very high reading, a trip to the local clinic and then a few days at Blair E Batson, Harrison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on October 07, 2015 at the age of 5, just before his 6th birthday. After Harrison's diagnosis, Caleb told him that he didn't have to worry about having diabetes because he (Caleb) would teach him all about it. Harrison has adapted well to his diagnosis. He now checks his own blood, gives himself his insulin injections and is even participating in a clinical study for rapid-acting Novalog insulin.