Emerson, the redhead, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on February 8th, 2011 at 3 ½ years old. Before her diagnosis, Emerson loved to dance, act, do gymnastics, and play with her friends at pre-school. She didn’t believe in downtime – preferring instead to stay active until she was forced to go to bed. She was a very competitive, driven kid, demanding to do things on her own and always looking to impress whoever was in her presence. In the week leading up to her diagnosis, and for a few weeks after, things were quite a bit different. (For the story on that difficult time please see the Diagnosis Story tab). But after that brief “recovery” period, where we feared our Emerson had become someone else, the Emerson we knew returned… quickly becoming more competitive, driven, eager to learn, and our big helper with managing her health. Like most kids, Emerson was clearly able to take this challenge in stride – much more so than her parents! We couldn’t be more proud of her resiliency and ability to not let this affect her desire to live life to its fullest.
In June 2011, after 4 months with the disease, Emerson started on an insulin pump. We chose the OmniPod, due mainly to it being tube-less and waterproof. She loves being a “pumper” and does not miss injections at all.