Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (15) and Madi (6) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Find the joy............

Im not sure I can begin to tell you the magnitude of the lameness that my week has been but Ill try!

First off let me say that I have 4 kids; 2 that have Type 1 diabetes, I am working and going to college to get my degree and trying to keep our house together (somewhat).

I have homework to do, my kids need rides from here to there;scouts, sports, playdates, school, and who knows what else, laundry to be done, house to be cleaned, my yard is covered in weeds and I got a letter from our HOA this week, I need to go grocery shopping, get medical supplies, and sometime in there I really need to try to get some kind of rest.  

So my day to day activities/trials are constant chaos.  I love my life and all but sometimes it’s a bit much.  Im feeling emotionally, spiritually and mentally weak.  Besides all the chaos of life with 4 amazing kids, this week has been especially trying…..

Craigs CGM stopped working.  Well this might not be a huge deal except he just started HS baseball and he has practice until 7 pm.  I really depend on that CGM to warn me when his blood sugars get dangerously low at night.  Now you could say “just do a temp basal, have him eat before bed.” Well yes, that’s a great idea and we do that, we lowered his night time basal too but the problem is that he will still drop around 1am unexpectedly after baseball.  Maybe 2 nights a week this happens! So without our friend Dex, Im doing several night checks.  

When he has a great night, then Madi has a terrible night! One night this week, her CGM kept telling me to calibrate it, but her Bs was too high for it to accept it…. So it kept going off at night. I finally got her Bs low enough to calibrate and then the alarm kept going off said she was “high”… Well yes, I know she is high, she is coming down from 400! Then at about 4am the Dex went off again!! I rolled over and ignored it until about 20 minutes later when it went off again and I looked at it.  It said “Under 55”.. CRAP!  I ran downstairs to get her juice and woke her up to drink it.  I brought her in my room to sleep in my bed at that point. I don’t think I slept at all that night, then my alarm went off at 5 am to get up for work.  I got out of bed and just cried! I made it through the day and well, I survived! We all did!

Thrusday I was so excited to get off work because I knew that in less than 24 hours I’d be on my way to see my family in Washington, including my sister and new nephew!! This is a trip I have looked forward to for months!  Yay!! A mommy trip. A break from life, chaos, work, school and everything.  Well as I left work I turned right, then remembered Craig needed some new jeans before I went out of town. So I veered left and it was a right turn only.  Well of COURSE there would be an officer watching!  SO I get pulled over, can’t find my registration or insurance.  Seriously?!!  Is this really happening?!

Then its Friday, yay!! Up early to get to my flight.  I actually got there 3 hours early.  I sat at my gate and the time came to get on the plane but I noticed the destination was NOT where I was going.. I looked at my ticket booklet and the bag person wrote what looked like a C-8. Yes, gate C8 right?? I looked at my ticket and it was C18!! C18!!! I ran to the right gate and they left me.. My plane left me! I missed my flight..
Tears streamed down my face, I was devastated! Why is this happening?! I just want a weekend where I can see my family, feel at peace, enjoy some sleep, and rejuvenate my spirit!
Well I finally was able to get a new flight that left later and although I was sad I would have wasted a day at the airport instead of being with my family, at least I got a new flight!

Now this all sounds a little stressful (understatement much?) but let me tell you the tender mercies of the Lord in my life. 

This whole week our school has been doing a coin Drive for Madi and Craig’s walk team for JDRF.  It has been so sweet to see all of those coins coming in! In the cafeteria a girl told me someone in her class brought in $30! I said “that’s so awesome, I bet your class will win that pizza party” She looked at me and said, “I don’t care about pizza, I care about a cure.” Sweetest thing I heard! Especially after being up all night fighting this disease! Heck ya, I want a cure too!

That officer that pulled me over asked for my registration, license and insurance.  Well as I said I couldn’t find my registration or an updated insurance card.  He was so nice and didn’t give me a ticket for anything I have to pay for.  He gave me the no insurance ticket but all I have to do is take it to the courthouse and show my insurance card because of course I have insurance!! 

And today I missed my flight and was completely devastated but then I got a text from the school nurse saying Madis blood sugar was HI. That means over 600.  Poor Madi!! I wanted to be there so bad to help and hug my sweet girl!  Well I wasn’t there, I was sitting at the airport.  Her school nurse is amazing and I told her I could walk her through doing a site change IF she was comfortable with it.  

She said ok and put me on speaker phone.  I walked her through it and she did awesome! An hour later (yes, Im still sitting at the airport!) she text me that the site change worked and Madis blood sugar was coming down and was 280 now! From 600! So what? Well had I been on that first flight (the one I missed) I would have been unavailable to receive calls, would have not known about Madis 600 bs and would not have been able to walk her school nurse through that site change to help her feel better.  She could have gotten really sick, really fast!  

I received kind texts from friends and this was one of them
“You’re the farthest thing from a hot mess! You’ve got so much on your plate (just that I can see! I’m sure you deal with private trials like we all do as well) and you smile and put your head down and move forward all the time.   I Appreciate YOU! You’re a beautiful example to me. I wish we all had mirrors that showed us our true selves once in a while.  Well, the selves that are strong and capable and wise.  The other true selves we see enough! You’d be shocked at the powerful face smiling back at you if you got a peek at what the rest of us see in you…”

I felt so thankful for the kind text and and found comfort in it when I was having a really difficult time this week. 

It’s all in perspective.
My life feels like a jumbled mess most of the time. 
I feel like im never really put together.
But in the end, I have happy, amazing kids, a great husband, and many people around us who help us, support us and love us.  I am truly happy in our jumbled up crazy life. Yes, sometimes things are hard, really hard… a lot of this time.  But you find your true strength in you trials.  You can find the joy in them and you can push through..
So remember when times are rough, you are strong.  You are capable… You are amazing! God is with you and will help lift you up.  He will only give you trials you can handle so if you ever think “I cant handle this!” Just remember YOU CAN!! And You will! Be of good cheer, life is good, but you must look for the joy.

Now here's to a great week!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

November! Support for T1D Awareness! Family & Friends

How thankful we are for our friends and family who wore BLUE of fridays in November for Diabetes Awareness Month.  To some, it's  just clothes, but to us, its support and love and we appreciate it!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I started this project to focus on the strong people who fight Type 1 diabetes everyday.  It took a lot of time away from my family as I did 31 photo sessions all across the valley.  I am thankful to my family for supporting me in this project!  
 It was amazing meeting all of these inspiring people!
I wanted to shine light on their strength, courage and  also the pain accompanied by this disease.  I wanted to educate people about Type 1 by introducing them to real people who have it.  
Type 1 diabetes has no cure, is a 24/7 disease that needs constant care.  It requires many daily shots, finger pricks, counting carbs, fixing highs and lows, dealing with emotional stress as well as physical pain.  It is a very difficult disease that has no cure.  
Introducing some of the heros of Type 1 and what they want YOU to know about Type 1 diabetes..  
All photos are copyright to Teri Lyne Photography, please do not edit.  If you would like to see more from each session, each day in November I will honor one of these people on my facebook and post 6-8 pictures from their photo session :

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles" Christopher Reeve

Prepare to be inspired!

Meet Alyssa.. She is 8 years old and was diagnosed at age 5. She is a sweet and fun girl! She loves to run, swim, camp and go quading.  She stands up for others and is really concerned about angels watching over everyone she loves. 

Meet  Berbindi ...She is 17 years old.  She is a girly girl. She volunteers for Girl Scouts and loves animals.  She loves baking and would someday like to own her own bakery.

Meet Brayden... He is 3 years old.  He was diagnosed at just 15 months old.  He loves super heros,  swimming, and playing outside.  He loves puppies and turtles.

Meet Charlize.... She is 13 years old.  She was diagnosed at the age of 3 and has been fighting Type 1 for 10 years!   She loves video games, archery, and hanging out with friends.

Meet Craig.... He is 15 years old.  He was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago.   He is an Eagle Scout, on the High School Dive and baseball Team, and is a JDRF youth ambassador.  He enjoys baseball, hanging our with friends and being active.  He doesn't let Type 1 stop him from accomplishing anything. Craig's little sister also has Type 1 diabetes. 

Meet Madilyn, she is Craig's sister. ... She is 6 years old and was diagnosed at age 4, just 4 months after her older brother.  She is so very brave!She loves gymnastics, lalaloopsies, art and her family.  She is full of sass and energy. 

 Craig & Madilyn

Meet Ellie... She is 3 years old.  She likes to dance, give hugs and she loves Disneyland.

Meet Enjolie...  She is a 5 year old and was diagnosed at just 18 months old.  She loves to dance!  She likes fashion so much that she is constantly styling herself and her little sister.  Her other joys include art and playing with friends, but most of all just being with her family. 

Meet Nina, Enjolie's grandmother.... She is 70 years old and has had Type 1 since birth.  She loves dance, has been dancing since age 4 and continues to dance as much as possible.  She has many joys in life, but her main joy is her family.  She has been blessed with 2 beautiful daughters, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

Meet Hayleigh...  She is 14 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 4.  She loves to volunteer.  She is a cheerleader and is also involved in theater.  She has planned to attend ASU ever since she was 8 years old.  When she graduates she wants to be a math teacher.

Meet Jadyn.... He is 10 years old and was diagnosed at age 4.  He loves camping, sports and swimming.  He is a little shy but very lovable and caring.  

Meet John...  He is 12 years old.    He was diagnosed just 1 year ago. He plays the flute, competitive soccer, loves math and fencing.  He also enjoys skateboarding. 

Meet Josh.... He is a dynamic and talented 10 year old.  He loves theater, singing and comic books.  He likes to be busy and not have to think about his diabetes too much.   He was diagnosed at age 6 and would give anything for a cure!

Meet Kaitin.... She is 15 years old and was diagnosed in 2012.  She loves animals and dancing.  She has been dancing since she was 10 and does many styles including clogging.  Her diagnosis came as a shock as no one in her family has Type 1 diabetes.  She is overcoming her challenges she is faced with each day and is determined to not let it get her down.  She hopes to someday become a nurse and work with diabetic children at PCH.

Meet Karlie... She  is 11 1/2 and was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 4 1/2.   She enjoys crafting, reading and basketball.  She loves science. 

Meet Kenneth.... He was diagnosed at age 11.  He has been riding bulls since high school.  His father was also Type 1 diabetic.  Besides bull riding, he enjoys camping, archery and hunting.

Meet Khristen.... She is 16 years old.  She is one of the strongest and most resilient kids her parents know.  She has always had a great attitude about life with diabetes.  Her dad has Type 1 diabetes as well.  He has had diabetes for 33 years.

 Meet Landon....  He is 12 years old.  He has a big heart.  He loves to make people smile.  Everything means so much to him and he's got strength to fight anything. 

Meet Madi.... She is 13 years old and was diagnosed in 2013.  She loves hanging out with her friends.  She is friendly, outgoing and loves to help people.  

Meet McKayla.... She is 14 years old.  She has been a competitive figure skater and she loves cheer leading.  She enjoys gymnastics and dance as well.  She has a D.A.D (Diabetic Alert Dog) named Ladie. 

Meet Meghan...  She is 17 years old.  She is a senior at Moon Valley High School.  She loves theater and choir.  She sings and competes in a vocal ensemble for competitive choir. 

Meet Nathan.... He is 9 years old.  He is very brave.  He loves his family and is an amazing big brother.  He loves Minecraft as well!
Meet Paul..... He is 8 years old and was diagnosed at age 4.  He loves to run and play video games.  He enjoys math as well.  He likes to wrestle with his brother everyday.  He has a great smile and people are just drawn to him.

Meet Rachelle.... She is 16 years old and was diagnosed at age 3.  She plays piano and loves to dance.  She has been dancing since she was 5 years old.  She is very brave , courageous and doesn't let her Type 1 define her. 

Meet Sarah.....  She is 5 years old.  She loves LEGOs, any animals, and the beach.  She was diagnosed at 27 months old.  She is in Kindergarten and is very brave.  She is pictures with her D.A.D (Diabetic Alert Dog).

Meet Savannah... She is 11 years old and in 6th grade.  She likes cross country and has a purple belt in karate.  She was diagnosed in June of 2014.  She also enjoys reading. 

Meet Skylar... She is 9 years old and was diagnosed at age 3.  She is very independent and strong willed but also very caring and thoughtful.  She likes to play teacher and do crafts.  She likes anything girly and is really spunky!

Meet Zane.... He is 7 years old (almost 8!) and was diagnosed at age 18 months. He likes pokemon, archery, soccer, basketball and reading.  He has a sensitive and loving personality.  he is very brave.

Meet Adalyne... She is 11 years old and was diagnosed at age 2.  She loves to run cross country, do monkey bars and go camping.   She is quick to make friends and is a master at Minecraft!

Meet Caleb... He is 9 years old and has had Type 1 diabetes since he was just 21 months old.  He loves Skylanders and Minecraft.  He is really good at math.  he is silly, fun and very outgoing.  His little sister also has type 1 diabetes.


Meet Abbigayle...She is 7 years old and was just diagnosed 4 months ago.  She is Caleb's sister.  She is outgoing and loves to be the center of attention.  She enjoys drawing and coloring. 
She loves to do make up and nails with all of the neighborhood girls and with her little sister. 

If you would like to donate to JDRF to help fund a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, you can do so here:

Thank you so much everyone who participated in my heros of type 1 project. I loved meeting every one of you!