Kylies Crew T1D
On August 4, 2016, our lives changed forever. We were on a family vacation and Kylie was SICK...TIRED...THIN...so, so, thin...THIRSTY..and using the bathroom A LOT! I knew...she had type one diabetes. Well, when we walked in to the emergency room in Savannah, GA...the doctor immediately came in with tears in his eyes and confirmed what we already knew. Kylie in fact had Type 1 Diabetes and...NO, it does not go away and diet doesn’t change anything. We were able to get in touch with our friends (Macey’s Believers) who walked us through this diagnoses...every step of the way. From encouraging us that life would move on to talking us through an 8 hour drive home with a child...we weren’t really sure how to take care of. Janice also answered my calls at 2 am and explained what to do when Kylie was dangerously low in the middle of the night. The Gaskins family immediately started talking about Friends for Life which is a conference for Type One Diabetics and their families. It is a week at Disney where...life feels “normal” again. No one looks at you wondering why you have devices hanging off your body everywhere and the sound of alarms is normal. It truly is like Christmas Week for us...carb counts are done for you and...there is even a GLUTEN FREE area that has the same options as the non gluten free area. For those that don’t know...Kylie also has celiac disease so, it makes eating away from home even more challenging. FFL is an amazing opportunity to learn about the latest technology, learn how to manage this disease, deal with sick days, sports, puberty...you name it. So. Much. Info. :)
Now as we make arrangements to go back for a second time we want to help raise money for other Type One families to go to FFL with us and help them pay for it through Macey’s Believers. Please, please, please help us to give as many kids and families...the best week of their lives where..everyone around them “gets” what they’re going through.
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