Brynn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012, when her blood sugar was so high that she ended up in the emergency room. She was hospitalized for three days so doctors could get her blood sugars under control and her parents could learn how to give insulin shots, check blood sugars and count carbohydrates.
Type 1 diabetes is incredibly hard on children because it affects everything they do. Every single thing they eat has to be accounted for and “dosed” for with insulin. In addition to the hassle and physical symptoms, these children often feel different, left out and downright angry. Their school days are constantly affected, and they just can’t live like most kids. Her parents have constant worry that Brynn’s blood sugar will go too low, which can lead to fainting, seizures and even death, or that her blood sugar will go too high, which has long term implications such as blindness, organ damage and amputation of limbs.
“We promised Brynn we would help find a cure for this dreadful disease, and we aim to keep that promise,” her parents said. Her family participates in the JDRF One Walk and attends the JDRF Gala. “We dream of a day where our child and millions of others can live a normal life free of highs and lows, uncertainty and dread. And we’re so close. The promise we made to Brynn can someday come true.”