According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 1.5 million people are diagnosed with Diabetes in America each year, only 40,000 of which are Type 1. The symptoms include: fatigue, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, fruity odor to the breath caused by ketones, labored breathing, excessive thirst and frequent urination. Often times, doctors and parents are easy to dismiss symptoms as the flu or a simple stomach virus. Unfortunately, that can be a deadly mistake.
In 2010, Rocco Kuehl, a beautiful, healthy 1-year old boy from Florida, began exhibiting these symptoms and his mother took him to the doctor. It was dismissed as a virus and we was sent home. Within a matter of 2 days, Rocco’s little body could no longer fight this disease and he was gone.
His older sister, Lacy, who was so devastated by the loss of her little brother wanted to do something to raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes so no family ever had to experience what the Kuehl family had to endure.
Lacy, 11, started racing go karts five years ago and with the help of her parents, recently started racing for DKA survivors with their organization “Drive For Diabetes Awareness”.
On July 24, 2014, at age 7, Camden Caldwell, was misdiagnosed just like Rocco. He was sent home to “ride out” a virus. The following day, Camden was taken again to the same ER where a different doctor was on staff and quickly recognized the symptoms as possible Type 1 Diabetes. Had it not been for this doctor, Camden, now 11 and a 6th Grader in Celina, would have suffered the same fate as little Rocco had four years prior.
Lacy will be racing for Camden Caldwell at the Florida Dirt Motor Speedway on July 14, 2018. You can get more information on Lacy, the race and Drive for Diabetes Awareness at www.DriveForDiabetesAwareness.org. The race will be broadcast on their YouTube channel.
With all the testing available, it’s vital that you request a simple test if you or your child is experiencing the symptoms.