Family shares message of diabetes diagnosis and prevention
An Abernathy family like many of us is thankful this time of year. Especially since the Myatt's were blindsided more than a year ago with some news they weren't expecting.
One of their five siblings was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and they're now on a mission to educate others.
With her eyes glued to the phone, Avery Myatt is like your typical teen.
The very active 14-year-old also likes to hang out with her four other siblings. However, something life-changing happened to Avery two years ago.
"I was kind of shocked. I didn't really know what it was," she said. "I was just kind of confused."
Like any mother, Avery's mom Holly remembers every detail.
"Twelve on the day of diagnosis, and she turned 13 on her 13th birthday at ICU in Covenant," Holly said.
Avery was diagnosed with juvenile Type 1 diabetes.
"I have my ups and downs and stuff because it isn't just an easy process everyday," Avery said.
Before she was told she had Type 1, Avery was losing a lot of weight, which is one of the warning signs.
"Diabetes is not just a kids disease, adults can get it as well," Holly said. "But there is about 1 in 10 that are misdiagnosed."
And that's the message the Myatt's want to share.
"It is called Diabetic Ketoacidosis, that is what you go through when you are developing Type 1 diabetes, but it can mimic so many other things," Holly said.
Holly says it can be mistaken for strep throat, a urinary tract infection, or the flu.
"Just a lot things you might go to an outpatient clinic and they would easily misdiagnose you know if they don't do a blood test, or a finger stick," she said.
The day Avery went to see her pediatrician she did test positive for strep throat.
"It is a blessing she got diagnosed and wasn't misdiagnosed," Holly said.
The freshman constantly has to monitor her sugar levels. She checks it about three times a day.
"I pick up finger and get a blood sample from it and check my blood through that," Avery said.
Apple juice, pickles and the many other things on this kitchen counter are the life savers for Avery.
And, she isn't slowing down. She is having a fundraiser, and all the proceeds will go to the non-profit Beyond Type 1.
Representatives with the national organization are currently heading around the nation.
"They are going to go to every state, to every pediatricians office," Holly said. "They are going to educate, and they are going to educate schools so that there is no one misdiagnosed, and they are also using their money to find a cure."
The fundraiser, a basketball game of doctors vs. lawyers will be held at Lubbock Christian High School Nov. 28.
The game will start at 7:30 in the school's gym located at 2604 Dover Ave. Admission is $5 at the door.