Age: 3 Year Diagnosed: 2017 Location: Austin, TX

“Having a toddler diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes is HARD, and then adding in special needs makes it even harder. My parents tell me all the time how much credit they give to parents of Type 1 Diabetics before CGMs were around. Take it day-by-day and night-by-night, as no two will ever be alike. There will be a lot of sleepless nights dealing with highs and lows. Just when you think you’ve got the dosing figured out, it will all change. Don’t hesitate to try new things or listen to advice from other parents; we are all in this together. The majority of what my parents have learned about Type 1 Diabetes wasn’t from a doctor, rather trial and error and other parents who have been in a similar situation. Do what works for you and your child and at the end of the day, as my Daddy says, ‘If you have a tough day, Diabetes may have won the battle but it will never win the war’.”