In typical middle-child fashion, six-year-old RaeLynn is strong-willed, quick to compliment others, and super outgoing. She is also wiser and more responsible than her years. As a Type 1 diabetic, she has to be.
Already a little sister to brother Carson, RaeLynn became a big sister when her brother Saywer was born in September 2015. Only one month later, RaeLynn was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes; she was only a few weeks shy of her 4th birthday. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune condition that is typically brought on by a virus that shuts down the pancreas, causing it to stop producing insulin. RaeLynn has handled her diagnosis like a champ, quickly mastering checking her own blood sugars and even doing her own insulin shots.
Like all Type 1 diabetics, RaeLynn lives a very scheduled life. She checks her blood sugar with every meal and most snacks, as well as when she first wakes up every day and before she goes to bed each night. Sometimes she checks it during the night as well. She gets anywhere from five to eight finger pokes every day.
Before she got her insulin pump, RaeLynn needed a shot of insulin every time she ate, which she often gave herself! About a year and a half after her diagnosis, RaeLynn got an insulin pump, which eliminates the need for frequent shots and makes life a lot easier. “We are so thankful for this technology!” said RaeLynn’s mom Abby.
In addition to checking blood sugars, RaeLynn and her family have to count the carbohydrates in everything she eats in order to calculate her insulin dose. The family monitors her activity very closely to be aware of dropping or rising blood sugars, especially watching for low blood sugars which are the most dangerous. When her blood sugar is low, RaeLynn says she feels "dizzy."
Like any other 6-year-old, RaeLynn loves to dance and sing, play with Barbies, participate in tumbling and dance class, and spend time with all of her cousins.
Throughout the many ups and downs that come with living with Type 1 Diabetes, RaeLynn’s family continues to stay positive and lean on their faith. “Rae’s diagnosis has had a huge impact on our family,” said Abby, “mostly just encouraging us to trust in God more and more each day and with each new situation that arises. We hope that RaeLynn will use her diagnosis to help and encourage others throughout her lifetime.”