Noah was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes when he was 4 years old on the 19th March 2015 in his first year of Prep.
I knew very little about T1D before it entered our lives. And Like most other people who don’t know much about it, I thought it was something that you got if you didn’t eat healthy and didn’t exercise enough. I also had no idea what the symptoms were.
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produces insulin. We do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented. Without insulin he isn't able to survive and wouldn't be here today.
The hardest few weeks of our lives followed with his diagnosis, this did affect our whole family. Lots of tears flowed. The amount of information we were bombarded with was huge I felt like my brain was going to explode. The first insulin injection was so traumatic that Noah and I were both in tears. The stressful rollercoaster of emotions was incredible; sadness, anger, guilt, denial, to name a few. The situation felt so surreal at times, I thought it was all a dream, and hoped I would wake up soon and it would all be over.
Since then I have been in charge of checking Noah's blood sugar levels 8-10 times a day. That includes during hours when most people would be fast asleep to ensure he is in a stable range and that he would wake up each morning. Noah has a cannula that's gets inserted into his body which gets changed every 2-3 days. His insulin is administered via an Insulin Pump rather than having 5 needle injections everyday. Noah also has a continuous glucose monitor sensor which is inserted under the skin by a wire. This piece of equipment is for us to be able to also monitor his blood glucose levels which is also changed weekly. This piece of equipment elimintes the many finger pricks Noah needs to do to daily to check his Blood Sugar levels.
My mission is to spread awareness so you all know the signs and symptoms to look out for as this could happen at anytime to anyone and without early intervention Noah may not have been here today.
The OH BOY brand came about to help spread awareness and to help fund research to help other kids and families also living with this disease to one day finding a cure but to also give you a glimpse of our new normal day to day. All of our designs tell the story of our Noah and all of the things he loves. I can't wait to share more of our journey with you the ups the downs the wins and the losses with all all those who support our brand and love what we do but most importantly spread awareness and help others understand what Type 1 diabetes really is.