Tyler McSheffrey is a spirited and smart girl who wins the hearts of many who cross her path. Like most kids, she loves her friends, art, singing and just having fun. In February of 2014 during a routine physical, Tyler was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The discovery came as a total shock, and it has resulted in significant changes in her day-to-day life.
Type 1 Diabetes is a condition in which a person's body is no longer able to produce its own insulin. Insulin is necessary for glucose, a key source of energy, to pass into the body's cells. The cause of Type 1 diabetes is unknown, and it requires frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels with blood tests (which require finger pricking) and use of insulin injections 4-5 times per day. Tyler has needles stuck into her body 8-10 times per day.
Diabetes also requires constant vigilance, from scheduling eating times, to counting carbohydrates consumed, to appropriately timing insulin dosages. It also requires balancing all of this with varying levels of activity, which can lower blood sugar. It's dangerous for a diabetic's blood sugar to be too high, as well as for it to be too low. Imagine, all of this responsibility on an 11 year old's shoulders!
"JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D." This day, cannot come soon enough for Tyler, and so many others worldwide, who are affected by Type 1 diabetes.