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After many days of illness, including extreme thirst and vomiting, Tye was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a non-preventable autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. The most severe form of diabetes, it strikes children and adults suddenly, leaving them insulin dependent for life. Insulin is not a cure, nor does it prevent complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and amputation. His parents were heartbroken and devastated, but determined to learn as much as they could to support their little boy.
“He is strong,” say his parents. “He is our hero and our angel.”
Story By Amber Grant