Meet my little buddy Preston. His mom is my closest childhood friend and we go wayyy back. Back to the days when having kids of our own wasn’t even close to being on our radar. When Preston was 16 months old he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
At Children’s Hospital in Seattle, he received the best medical attention, but his life (and that of his family) was forever changed. I will never forget his little body and smiling face at the hospital after he was poked and prodded. The situation could have very easily terrified him, but he was his normal cheerful self. While his family was getting educated on how to manage his condition I treasured spending time with Preston and I truly think that experience bonded us together.
Diabetes Type 1 is a condition where the body does not produce any insulin. Previously known as Juvenile Diabetes the term has changed because today 85% of people in the US living with Type 1 Diabetes are adults.
Here’s a great video about what T1D is and how you can be aware enough to help people in your life that may have it. It’s about 10 minutes so if you don’t have the time pin it for future reference! Chances are if you don’t know anybody dealing with it you will.
As an outsider, I only see a fraction of the work and stress that goes into correctly managing this disease. His parents are doing everything in their power to set Preston up for success later in life because research shows that early management can pay off later. This means things like sleepless nights, being very active in school life, and continuously giving of yourself well past the point of exhaustion. They will tell you that it is all worth it, and when you see Preston’s smiling and hopeful face it’s not hard to see why.
He is one of the happiest children I have ever met. The kids at school refer to him as “Rockstar” and he gets high fives and fist bumps as he walks around “campus”. He regularly refers to a time in the future when Diabetes will be cured because that is what he believes. You can not take the happy or the hope out of this kid.
Every year we raise money for awareness and a cure. We take part in Nordstrom Beat the Bridge event in Seattle where runners try to beat the bridge coming down, or if you are like us, take the walking route and use it as a time to catch up while burning calories. The proceeds go directly to JDRF, and the run/walk is on May 17th. Obviously we welcome any help with raising money, and you can give here to Team Renton 4 Preston (if you scroll down you will see my name Angie Scheie within the team). Other ways you can help are by educating yourself and loving on those around you that are dealing with this difficult condition.
If you’ve been on this blog much you know that this year I am working on being more positive and hopeful. Preston definitely sets the example that I should follow on having a hopeful heart and not letting life get you down! He is a Rockstar in my book!