Nekia Logan's Foundation
My son were born healthy, the first time he were put in my arms I counted his fingers and toes, as all mother's would do, He grew-up a happy child. At age ten he wanted to help support the family he got an after school job at the corner grocery store bagging grocery. He did well in school, had many friends.
My family has a history of diabetes, I remember when my mother went into the hospital, my sister and I sitting by her bedside, the doctor walked in and started tell us of her condition and explaining that as her children we were going to get it and he said it may skip a generation.
It did skip me and my son were diagnosis with Juvenile diabetes at the age of seventeen. I wished I had gotten instead of him. I knew he were young had much to live for and I could handle it better than he. Years had passed by before he really started feeling what this disease can cause.
At age thirty without warning an ulcer appeared on the bottom of his right foot, we didn't think much of it at the time, it didn't bother him, until one day he were visiting one of his friends, he call and said it had burst and hurting him I told him to come home so I could see what was going on.
When he got home I looked at it it was not looking good I told him he needed to go to the hospital. The doctor treated him with antibiotics which worked well for a while. 2006 the problem started again and this time it had a really bad smell, we went back to the hospital and the doctor told him they were going to have to amputated his foot and my son rejected that idea and they examine him a little more and told him they would have to remove his pinkie toe.
They did remove the pinkie toe and he were hospitalize about a week and a half. The foot heal slowly but it did heal, but from that point on he were in and out of the hospital. In 2007 this is really without a warning his left toe started bothering him, yes another ulcer on the toe next to his big toe. He went to a different hospital thought he would get a different result.
This hospital wanted to cut half his foot off. So he checked out of that hospital and went back to the same one that remove his pinkie toe. The doctor there did a debridement of the toe he stayed about a week. Anyway the toe did not heal. In 2008 we went back to the hospital and they want to cut the hold foot off and he refused and the told him they will do another debridement.
When he woke I were at home I were tired from being there, I went home to get some rest, and I heard the phone it were him he were highly upset the had remove four of his toes left the big toe, after that he were never the same it never heal his leg and foot were swollen all the time.
Although my son were a man they said I treated him like a little boy, it wasn't that I saw my child needing help and I were there no matter what. He were there for me he convince me into going to the hospital when I had this really bad tooth ache, my face had swollen anyway it were good that I went because it had started bothering my heart and he were there everyday I stayed in the hospital.
In 2009 his foot still hasn't heal it has been one year I'm still taking care of him to try to make him comfortable. We were trying to find a cure for this disease. April 2009 I were diagnosis with on set type ll diabetes, he were very sad that I had gotten it, he always said "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy". We started a new diet we started exercising we watched what we ate, we were determine to find a cure. He were admitted in the hospital 7/20/2009 and released 7/24/2009 he passed 7/26/2009. Please don't let my son to have died in vain Please don't let another mother feel the pain I suffer. Please donate to the cause.
The terms Juvenile diabetes, childhood diabetes, and insulin dependent diabetes are generally considered outdated.
Juvenile diabetes is more commonly referred to now as simply "type 1 diabetes."
Treatment of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes
see "Type 1 Treatment"
Currently, type 1 is treated with insulin injections, lifestyle adjustments, and careful monitoring of blood glucose levels using blood test kits. Insulin delivery is also available by an insulin pump, which allows the infusion of insulin 24 hours a day at preset levels, and the ability to program push doses (bolus) of insulin as needed at meal times. The treatment is for life -- there is no cure for diabetes -- and once you require insulin, you will need to inject it daily to live.
Experimental replacement of beta cells (by transplant) is being investigated in several research programs and may become clinically available in the future.
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Most often, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body's own immune system attacks the beta cells either completely destroying them or damaging them sufficiently to reduce insulin production. This autoimmune response may be triggered by reaction to an illness (several viruses are suspected triggers for type 1 diabetes onset). A subtype of type 1 diabetes, latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is identifiable by the presence of antibodies against beta cells. This type of diabetes develops slowly and typically onsets in adulthood (over age 35 or 40, but perhaps as young as 25 and older) so it is initially often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
In juvenile type 1 diabetes onset is usually rapid, occurring over days or weeks. A small percentage of type 1 patients are diagnosed with yet another form of diabetes, a hereditary condition, called maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY). There are at least 5 known forms of MODY.
Some poisons (e.g. certain rat poisons) work by selectively destroying certain types of cells, including pancreatic beta cells, thus producing "artificial" type 1 diabetes. Other pancreatic problems including trauma, pancreatitis or tumors (either malignant or benign) can also lead to loss of insulin production.
Type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents, but can occur in adults as well. When type 1 diabetes occurs after age 25, it may be diagnosed as latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). Another form of diabetes is maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY). This form used to be considered a third form of type 2 diabetes, however, it is now generally classified under "other specific types of diabetes."
Type 1 diabetes may also occur as a secondary condition as a result of damage to the pancreas from another disease, or from physical trauma to the pancreas, from another disease, or from surgical removal of the organ). Hemochromatosis and cystic fibrosis are two examples of diseases that can cause secondary type 1 diabetes.