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 (16) and Madi (7) 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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Monday, January 18, 2016

whats new?

Oh the past 6 months have been insane! I was in school full time, working full time, and trying my best to be a good mother, wife and friend.. It was rough!!
I finished my classes with all A's (yay!!) and now Im taking it easy!
Im only taking 1 class and Im working on my book.
My Heroes of type 1 project has become something bigger than I ever imagined. I though about how great it would be for a newly diagnosed T1 to see all of these T1 heroes.. So Im putting them all in a book!
Exciting news? YES! I am so excited!
I have a few people on my schedule to meet and photograph in the next few weeks. Max Domi (He is freaking awesome!! seriously and does so much for T1s), Nick Boynton, Cory Vaughn and many more! I cannot wait t see them all in a book. It will be an inspiring book for anyone!
One thing I realized in doing this photography project is that each person I have photographed shows so much strength and personality.  T1 is a difficult disease and these brave spirits are dealing with it with such humility and courage!

Putting this book together is an expensive feat and to help with publishing costs, Ive designed some T1 T shirts!! You can order here:

Ive also started a facebook page for the book.. go check it out!

And tomorrow marks Craigs 4th diaversary.. I almost cant believe weve been fighting this disease for 4 years now!

Friday, November 6, 2015


As we know diabetes is a daily thing. Each day is different and there is never a "normal" day.  Having 2 diabetics, here is how my evenings so..  But here is a "normal" night in our house. I thought about it tonight so I took pictures and I'd share... I am usually up late editing or doing homework, when I go to bed I'll check the kids. I went in to check Madis glucose and she was 60.. So I had to go get her a juice, wake her up, get her to drink it, then wait 15 minutes to recheck... After that I rechecked her (which took some wrestling a half awake child) her blood sugar had only gone up 4 points! That means she must have been dropping quick! So I gave her another juice... While I waited, I went in to check Craig: 201. Great! Ok he's good for the night, now back to Madi.. Recheck again (that means another finger poke, 3rd one in the past 30 minutes). Now it's 79.. So now she needs a carb protien to keep her levels good until morning. Gogurt does the trick, she sucks it down half awake with her eyes closed. Finally she can go back to sleep.. And so can I. So if you see Craig or Madi and they look pretty tired, now you know why:) this is real life, life with type 1 diabetes.

 a quick before I go to bed check and she was low so I ran to grab her a juice.  She drinks it with her eyes closed, half awake and drinks it quick..

 she rests while I wait 15 minutes to re check if her blood sugar came up to a safe number.

 15 minutes later and she only went up 4 points! That means she must have been dropping fast! Im so glad I did a check before I went to bed.  Well, since the juice wasnt doing the trick, she had another juice and I waited another 15 minutes. 
While I waited, I went in to check Craig. Yay! A great sleeping number, ok he's good, now back to Madi...
 Finally an ok she needs a carb protein snack to get her safely to morning. Gogurt does the trick.

She eats is like its a reflex, eyes closed and can finally go back to sleep..
The after math..Ill clean it in the morning, Im tired! I finally went to bed around 1 am 
Madi woke up this morning at a blood glucose of 74!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

no more pump..

modern technology is a great thing... but right now, we need a break.

Madi has so many sores on her small body from pump sites and she has apparently developed an allergic reaction to the Dexcom sites. She gets a terrible rash underneath. When we take the site off, she has what looks like a bad burn. We tried a new site and after just 2 days we took it off and will not use any more until she heals completely.
Another reason we are taking a break from teh pump is becaue of to many highs... The not knowing if she is gettign insulin, if there is a kink or if she is just high for some other reason.
At least with the injections, we know she got the insulin. Theres no question if the cannula is kinked or the site is bad.
We have already seen an improvement in her numbers!
Shots are no fun and with injections she has to get 8-9 shots a day.
Also with no Dexcom, Im getting up at 2 am to check both kids to make sure their numbers are good. Especially since they are both so active and we are on the Lantus, we need to see how their body reacts in the evening for a bit. 

I a sure after a while she will be ready to go back on the pump, but for now we are going back to the beginning...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

why did I even get diabetes?

tonights events went like this:
Madis blood sugar was 450... she broke down and cried..shes been fighting highs all day.. after a site change she ended up with the 450.
"Please mom, pray for a cure because I never wanted diabetes..why did Heavenly Father even give it to me? I dont want it!"
Tears flowing and sad eyes looking.. what is a mom to say?
Days like today are super hard.. and break my heart. All I could tell her is that she is very brave and strong and that Heavenly Father will help her with this trial. When we talk about T1, advocate for it, fund research and educate people about T1 diabetes, this is why... this face right here

Friday, August 21, 2015

sports.....and diabetes

High School Conditioning = very late nights for this mom!
 but the most important thing we decided early on is that we would not let Type 1 stop our kids from living the life they want to live!
They can do anything anyone else can!

So Craig started Baseball this week which included several days of physical conditioning.  Although he drank Gatorade throughout the practice and did not wear his pump the whole time, he still dropped around 11 pm each night. 

Here are some tips we try to use to keep this from happening..
He drinks Gatorade throughout to give him extra carbs. He also drinks water to keep hydrated and keep from highs due to the 110 degree weather!
He should be eating protein throughout the practice as well.  That would help with the after practice blood sugar crash that we experienced this week.
Although I tell him this, he is a teenager and well, who has time to eat when the whole team is conditioning?
I get it, he doesnt want to be sitting out or eating when everyone else is running or doing whatever, but when you have diabetes, sometimes you have to!

BUT, when he doesnt do these things, it causes me to get up several times in the night to fix his lows and make sure he doesnt crash too low! So after chocolate milk because he was hour later he was 89... so then he had a sandwich.  I checked him again 2 hours later and he was in the high 100s so he was good till morning.  It sure makes for a long night (especially because Madi was fighting highs of over 500!)

SO here are some tips to help your athlete get through practice and regulate those later nigh crashes:
  • During the practice, consume extra carbs like gatorade, protein drinks ect.
  • Eat things like jerky, trail mix, protein bars,  granola or favorite snacks to help sustain those good numbers rather than crashing right after practice.
  • Craig doesnt wear his pump during sports because he has lows..some people experience highs so they keep it on..thats up to you and how your body works.
  • After practice, make sure you have a good amount of protein and carbs so that when your body wants to crash, you have those carbs backing you up!
  • If you wear a pump allow a temp basal.  Craig often uses a negative 20 or 30% basal. That means he is getting about 30% less basal for about 4 hours. It helps to reduce those lows.
  • and very importantly, make sure coaches know your childs needs and that they need to eat and drink during practice! 
Good luck! Its a crazy disease that takes a lot of different aspects of detail especially with active kiddos!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


This year we decided to tie Dye our JDRF shirts and it was a lot of fun and turned out so cool!! What a fun summer activity!!