As you know, Trey’s diagnosis came without warning and currently, without a cure. It was not caused by something he did or ate. Trey has been so amazing. Trey has learned to be an active, fun-loving boy of ten and at the same time manage a life-threatening chronic illness.
Thanks to technology advances developed through past research initiatives funded by the JDRF, Trey now wears two medical devices connected to his body through infusion sets at all times. His pump administers insulin to him 24 hours a day and helps give additional insulin for meals and snacks. His Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) measure his blood glucose constantly, allowing us to monitor his levels remotely from an iPhone (yes that is very cool technology!!).
Although Trey still has many finger pricks per day, multiple infusion set insertions per week, has to count every carb he eats and administer insulin for his meals, he an adventurous, happy and otherwise healthy 10 year old boy. He excels in school and loves math and science – future biologist or endocrinologist in the making perhaps! He loves to read – his favorites are Happy Potter and Percy Jackson. And he loves the great outdoors – rock climbing, kayaking, swim team and camping with his family. We are so proud that his Type 1 diagnosis has not slowed down his love of adventure.
Our family believes strongly in the JDRF mission and continues to be very involved with the Central Virginia JDRF chapter. Trey was once again chosen to be a Youth Ambassador at the JDRF Gala. He did amazing on stage in front of hundreds of people sharing his story. He has also chosen to have his birthday party guests donate to JDRF instead of birthday presents. Our family also volunteers at the gala, serves as the Mentor Chair for newly diagnosed families and occasionally speaks at JDRF events.