Our son Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 7. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is NOT caused by eating sugar, obesity or other poor lifestyle habits. There is NO CURE and a person needs many injections of insulin daily to live. This requires constant management and attention to ensure dosage is correctly calculated based on activity and food intake. If not done correctly, insulin therapy can be deadly. Families with loved ones that are Type 1 carry this stress and anxiety everyday.
Although Type 1 is very difficult, we are incredibly lucky. Luke was diagnosed early before experiencing severe complications. Not treating Type 1 diabetes is fatal. We are also extremely grateful that we have good healthcare and the means handle the economic burden of managing the disease. The American Diabetes Association estimates that annual healthcare costs for diabetics are $7900 more than non-diabetics. Many do not detect the disease in a timely manner and cannot afford the cost of managing the disease properly.