Kids Living With Juvenile Diabetes

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Every year, more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with type one diabetes and research shows more than 13,000 of those are children.

Doctors say every day 35 children are diagnosed in the nation with type one diabetes. One family in Eastern Kentucky is all too familiar with the disease as two of their children live with juvenile diabetes.

Cameron Fields is just like all the other 8 year old boys at Cowan Elementary School in Letcher County. He loves video games and playing outside, but he doesn't like having to take a break from those things to check his blood sugar.

"You can't have a lot of sugar unless your sugar is really low," Cameron said.

When he was only 4 years old, Cameron was diagnosed with type one diabetes or juvenile diabetes.

"It's a disease in which your own immune system attacks the cells in your pancreas that makes insulin," said Dr. Matthew Gooch with the Whitesburg ARH.

Susan Fields says it is scary as a mother of a diabetic. She has to check their blood sugar five times a day to make sure they are at safe levels.

"Everything we do is based on what our blood sugars are," Fields said.

In November of last year, Cameron's older brother, Matthew, was also diagnosed with type one diabetes, something doctors say is very rare. While Cameron is on an insulin pump, Matthew has to take four shots of insulin a day. As diabetics, the boys are on a strict diet, even at grandma's house.

"I can assure you that granny's house is not the place that they go to get their sweets because I realize how important it is that they not have them," said Vivian Sergent.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Walk for a Cure" is this Saturday morning at eight at the Jacobson Park in Lexington. You can join the Fields' team. They call themselves the "Fantastic Four" and help raise money for juvenile diabetes research.

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