Native 9-year-old lady spreading consciousness, serving diabetes group

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) – She’s only 9, but Autumn Daniel knows her purpose.

She read me part of a letter she wrote when she was 6: “I have T1D. I know finding out that you have T1D is really scary in the beginning, but you are not alone. I’m here with you, ”said the letter.

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The fourth grader was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 3. Mom Chastidy said Autumn’s school got in touch and said she had to urinate frequently.

“My mother happened to be off that day,” said Chastidy. “She went and picked her up, took her to the pediatrician. When he tested her blood sugar she was over 400. “

Every child is slightly different, but a safe range for fall is between 70 and 150.

“Basically, with type 1, your pancreas just stopped working. It’s not hereditary, it has nothing to do with environmental factors, nothing she ate, she didn’t do anything wrong, ”said Chastidy.

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She is one of 1.6 million Americans living with the autoimmune disease, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“Type 1 diabetes is pretty tough, but once you have it you will get used to it. I have to count all the carbs, ”said Autumn.

But from her diagnosis came the idea of ​​creating awareness through “T1DLooksGoodonMe”, an organization she built when she was 6 years old.

“It started when a boy in the playground called me contagious because I have type 1 diabetes,” she recalls. “I was scared and embarrassed, so I made it so that no one would have to feel like me.”

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Autumn and her mother designed several clothes and household items to celebrate the strength of those who need to check their blood sugar levels every day. All proceeds go to this community through things like donations to JDRF, sponsoring a child for a diabetes camp, and their free Sweet Life Essential kits for newly diagnosed families.

The kits contain insulin pen needles, syringes, measuring cups and a calculator to help you count carbohydrates, as well as helpful recipes, snacks and a water bottle.

Autumn and her mother then drop the kits off at diabetes camps, or newly diagnosed families can request and send a kit to them on social media or their website.

And when they open it, they find a letter from a friend. “Have no fear. You can do it. Xoxo, Autumn, ”she said as she read the end of the letter.

Autumn and her mom are working on setting up a mobile clinic this summer to test people’s blood sugar levels if they have symptoms of diabetes. They also hope to be able to carry out a “Fun Run” fundraising campaign this year.

You can learn more about T1DLooksGoodonMe here.

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