“We’re pretty sure everyone knows George! His infectious smile, upbeat personality, and dancing and musical skills charm people around the world – from our own hometown, throughout the US, our beloved island of Kalymnos, Greece and even to Australia and beyond. What some do not know, is that while George is always ready to entertain, he also carries Type 1 Diabetes with him 24/7.
Diagnosed on August 24, 2012 at 13 months old, Georgie (as he’s affectionately known) has been through a lot in his 6 years but continues to thrive. As a young family we consider ourselves lucky to have caught the onset as quickly as we did, as many parents are not as fortunate. Being so young, he was not able to communicate his symptoms and by diagnosis had a blood glucose level of 564 and was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). We were flown to Akron Children’s Hospital main campus and through a whirlwind couple days, given a binder and some instructions on how to now take care of our baby boy.
At first, we followed our instructions to the letter and watched his numbers fluctuate greatly. Once we were more comfortable, we started to experiment ourselves with different technology, dietary changes and methods of administering insulin. We had researched and tried multiple daily injections (MDI), insulin pumping, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), sugar surfing, gluten free, super bolusing, etc. It wasn’t until we recently came across a lower carb way of eating that we feel we have been able to truly serve George with the best outlook for his future. We have Dr. Bernstein’s work, the TYPEONEGRIT group, and LetMeBe83.org to thank as being the trailblazers and advocates for this cause.
With an A1C which is in the same range as a healthy, non-diabetic, and a bright future free of complications associated with high blood sugars, we are dedicating ourselves to help the Low Carb movement spread to other Type 1 Diabetes families who are struggling to find an answer.”
Hometown: Campbell, OH
Diagnosis Date: 8/24/2012 (13 months old)
Fundraising Goal: (the moon) $5,000