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Hallie From The Princess and The Pump

My name is Hallie Addington. I write the blog, The Princess and The Pump. My daughter, Avery, is five years old. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just one month after her third birthday. It was April 27, 2009. I’ll never forget that date. It was the day our lives changed forever.

 

What Is Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when a person’s immune system attacks and kills the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. A person with type 1 diabetes does not make insulin. Without insulin, a person cannot survive. In order for type 1 diabetics to stay alive and healthy, they must inject insulin. Unfortunately, there is no pill.

 

Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. It is not caused by lack of exercise. No one knows exactly what triggers that autoimmune response. Type 1 diabetes, previously known as Juvenile Diabetes, is a disease for which there is no cure. You cannot grow out of it. Approximately 40 children a day are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It often occurs in childhood, but can – and does – strike at any age.

 

Diabetes is a disease that affects every organ system in the body. It can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputations, and neuropathy. It is a constant balancing act. People with type 1 diabetes balance diet, exercise, and insulin in order to stay as healthy as possible and keep blood sugar levels in range.

 

It Changed Our Lives

Having a child diagnosed with a chronic disease is extremely difficult. It’s difficult emotionally, physically, and financially. The learning curve is steep.

 

Never in a million years did I ever imagine that I would have to give my little girl a shot in order to keep her alive. I never imagined that my husband and I would have to hold her down to give her the insulin shots while she cried and screamed and begged us not to hurt her. I never dreamed that I’d spend my nights waking up at 2 or 3 or 4 am (and sometimes all those times) to check her blood sugar and make sure she is still breathing. Type 1 diabetes kills. Not just when a person is old and gray. It steals the lives our children, too. Often at night.

It’s been the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced.

But we feel blessed to have a healthy, happy little girl who is full of excitement and curiosity. Her strength, courage, determination and bravery inspire us each and every day. We are committed to providing for her a healthy childhood. And we are committed to working to find a CURE for diabetes.

 

To read more about diabetes, visit www.jdrf.org

 

To learn more about our family and the ups and downs of parenting a child with type 1, visit my blog, The Princess and The Pump, at www.theprincessandthepump.com

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hallie is an amazing advocate for her sweet daughter and others living with Type 1 Diabetes!

  2. Misty,

    We here at BBA just got a chance to get to know her and read through her blogs and they are quite inspiring! We are very excited that we got a chance to get her on here!

  3. I love Hallie! So excited to see her featured here :) She’s an amazing advocate for diabetes awareness. Great post for Diabetes Awareness Month!

  4. Thanks to Hallie, and to Baby Blog Addict for getting the word out about this cause that is near and dear to my heart! I have three boy with type 1 and I count Hallie as one of my favorite people!

  5. What a great post especially during November which is Diabetes Awareness month. Thank you, Hallie for doing what you do to help all those that live with diabetes!