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Emily's Story


Diabetes Type I. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.


In August 2009 Emily seemed to have the flu, but when she didn’t get better, a doctor’s visit revealed that she had diabetic ketoacidosis, and needed to be transferred immediately to Mercy Children’s to get her blood sugar level down from dangerous levels. This had to be done slowly so her brain wouldn’t swell.


Emily loves cheerleading, track, 4-H, FFA and riding horses.

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