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My son has always been so happy and energetic. When he was 18 months old, my mother and I started noticing sudden changes. Since my brother was diagnosed with T1D at age 9 in 1999, we knew some of the signs.

We noticed he was losing weight. I just told myself it was because he was losing his baby weight from being active. I picked him up from the sitter one day and noticed his breath smelled fruity. In denial, I told myself it was because of his juice. The pee soaked diapers ... were unreal. We couldn't keep him in a dry diaper.

September 16, 2016 my mother and I took Fallon to the fair. He was emotionless on the rides. This REALLY hit me hard. I remembered that look on my brother's face years ago. I asked my mother to take Fallon to the doctor the next morning since I had to work. She went ahead and took him to the hospital. I ended up leaving work as soon as we found out how high his sugar was. That night, Fal & I were on our way by ambulance to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. custom bridesmaid wears by handmade

September 17, 2016 it was clear that my precious 18 month old baby was now a # type1 diabetic.

In one month, it will be a year we have battled this disease. At first, I was a train wreck. I was so overwhelmed and angry at the world. Things have gotten easier and I have learned to read him by how he acts to know when he is low or high.

It is terrifying knowing that this is his whole life now but he is 2...he knows no different. He is so brave and strong. A warrior doesn't do him justice. This past year has taught me so much. I hope he will always know that mommy did the best she could.

We need to find a cure. Nobody deserves to live their life poking themselves all day every matter how old you are. I have a completely different outlook on Diabetes. Diabetics (1&2) are all heroes in my book.

- Fallon's mom

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