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Help Madi get a diabetic alert dog.
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Our 3 year old, Madi is an active, vibrant, talkative little girl who loves stuffed toys, fairies, and Kipper.
She also has type 1 diabetes and blood sugar levels can rise or fall to dangerous, even life threatening levels, without signs or ...
Our 3 year old, Madi is an active, vibrant, talkative little girl who loves stuffed toys, fairies, and Kipper.
She is also a type 1 diabetic whose blood sugar levels can rise or fall to dangerous, even life threatening levels, without signs or symptoms.

I've been asked a lot over the last few months to explain type 1 diabetes. It's so hard to explain what life with type 1 is like because it effects every single aspect of your life. I'm gonna give it a shot tho(no pun intended haha)... First here's a little bit about the difference between the types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is NOTHING like type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes(the one you hear about most often) is where your body is insulin resistant. You have insulin and your pancreas works... the receptors that receive the insulin are dysfunctional usually due to heredity, being overweight, being elderly, or having a lifestyle/diet that's very hard on your body. Very young people don't get type 2 diabetes unless they are obese. Type 2 can be almost reversed with healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss. Type 1, one the other hand, is an autoimmune disease where your body decides to attack your pancreas. It's not as well known as type 2 because it's only about 5 to 10% of all diabetes cases. It's also known as juvenile diabetes because it most often strikes children and even babies. No one is entirely sure why some children develop this autoimmune disease. It's currently thought that it has a hereditary component and it's set off by a virus like a cold or the flu. There is no cure for type 1. No amount of exercise or low carb diet will help. The body attacks the pancreas(the organ that produces the hormone insulin) and kills it... leaving the person dependent on constant finger pokes to check blood sugar levels and multiple shots a day (so far we're up to at lease 5). Type 1 was a death sentence 100 years ago before they had synthetic insulin. Thank goodness for insulin! It's is NOT a cure tho... It's what she needs to keep her alive. So there's a little overview of what type 1 is.

Here's a little bit about what life is like with type one.... Since Madi's pancreas doesn't produce insulin we have to depend on shots to keep her alive. The amount of insulin she receives varies and depends on her blood sugar level at the time, what she is eating, how active she is going to be, how she is feeling (sickness plays with sugar levels BIG TIME), what time of day it is... the list goes on and on. There are many many factors that make it very hard to control a young child's blood sugar levels. The risks to uncontrolled levels are that if her blood sugar goes too high it could cause major long term damage to her body that can eventually cause blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, loss of limbs... the list goes on and on and includes death if type 1 goes untreated. If her levels go too low the risk is more immediate. She could easily have a seizure and even die. Lows can happen very quickly and are very scary with a child like Madi. She shows no signs of going too low and we have to depend on constant finger pokes to test her blood all day long.. including nighttime. Diabetes doesn't stop at night. Actually, it can be ever trickier overnight. Blood sugar tends to drop quickly overnight so we are always up taking shifts checking her blood sugar while she sleeps... every... two... hours.. just to keep her safe. We're always scared that we are going to sleep through an alarm or miss a low and something could go wrong. That's where the diabetic alert dog (or D.A.D.) comes in! D.A.D.'s are specifically trained to detect the scent on a diabetic persons breath that means they are going too high or low. The dogs sense of smell is so sensitive that they can accurately detect a high or a low BEFORE it even happens. That's even better that a finger stick! They will wake up out of a sound sleep if they smell their person having a dramatic rise or fall and they will alert them (or like in our case, the dog would come alert us since Madi's is too young to know what to do). The dogs are also completely public service trained. They can go anywhere their person can go... keeping them safe in all types of settings and situations. Having a D.A.D. would mean peace of mind and a more normal life for our family. I know it seems like a lot of money.. and it is. There is a lot of time and effort put into these dogs. They are life saving for the people who need them. We are so grateful for everyone that has given to our cause! You are helping to give our baby girl a more safe, healthy, and normal life. Even if you only give a dollar it's a big help and we are so appreciative. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Feel free to share our page if you'd like!
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