Jase is a typical seven-year-old boy. He loves sports, fishing and his family. He loves spending time with his two sisters, Paige and Luella, and his pets. A casual observer might never know that Jase lives with a life-threatening disease.
At age 5, Jase's parents, Jill and Justin, had noticed that he was very tired and very thirsty for several days. He was also throwing up after he ate or drank anything. After a trip to the Emergency Room at Stewart Memorial Hospital, Jase was transferred to Blank's Children Hospital where he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). "We were all very overwhelmed and concerned at what the future would hold for us," said Jill. "The providers at Blank Children's did a very professional job getting us prepared to take this challenge on after we were discharged."
At two weeks post diagnosis, Jase was embracing his disease. He was already checking his own blood sugar and administering his own insulin with parental supervision. He was also asking all kinds of questions, wanting to learn how he could control his disease, wondering what the rest of his life would look like. "Wherever we go, whether it's out to eat or to the zoo, he gets excited when he sees another person wearing their T1D equipment," said Jill. "He always goes up to say hello and tells them that he too has T1D and generally gets a great friendly smile. He loves to let people know that they are not alone, and he feels better knowing he isn't the only one."
Daily life is challenging with a T1D diagnosis. At every meal or snack, Jase has to give himself insulin to counteract the carbohydrates, fat and protein that he is consuming. There are continual adjustments based on Jase's activity, growth, hormones and wellness to keep his blood glucose numbers in the correct range. He now has a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and insulin pump to monitor his levels, notify when readings are out of range, assist in giving insulin and make automatic slight adjustments.
Jase has loved his experience with Blank Children's, especially his interactions with Child Life that keep him entertained and educated during his appointments. He also enjoys meeting other kids who have T1D, showing each other their pumps and CGM stickers. "We really cannot say enough about the extreme kindness and love we have received from Jase's team, including Dr. Alba, nurse Stephanie and all the nursing staff," said Jill.
In addition to the supportive hospital staff, Jase's mom Jill insists their family would be lost without the continued help and support we receive daily from family and friends. "Between helping monitor his levels to helping when pump sites and sensors need changed," said Jill, "we cannot thank everyone enough for all they do for Jase daily."
Jase loves Cyclone football! He is excited about watching the game, cheering on the team and seeing Cy!