The time of her life
When Sidney was only 6 years old, she fell extremely ill for weeks. When she was taken to the doctor, her blood sugar levels read over 1,000; that’s more than 600% higher than a normal, healthy range. Once the body’s blood sugar level reaches 180-200, it exceeds the capacity of the kidneys to reabsorb the glucose. Sidney was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and later that year, was diagnosed with a second life-threatening condition: Cystic fibrosis.
Her second disease is a genetic condition that is characterized by the production of abnormal mucus that is excessively thick and sticky and mainly affects the lungs, pancreas and liver. She has undergone five surgeries since her diagnosis to help relieve the symptoms. As is common with CF patients, Sidney suffers from severe lung infections and takes 10 different pills, including medication and vitamins, every morning to help her body absorb crucial nutrients.
Sidney’s conditions are separate of each other, which means different treatments and medications to keep her healthy. In 2012, Sidney adopted a service dog, Daizee Grace, who monitors her blood sugar and can alert the athletic girl before she falls ill. To help treat her CF, Sidney’s family moved from Michigan to North Carolina; studies reveal salt water positively affects patients with CF.
For Sidney’s wish, Kids Wish Network sent her on a tropical cruise where she positively thrived in the salty air. Sidney had the time of her life aboard the cruise ship and loved swimming in the multiple pools.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank Carnival Cruise Lines, Embassy Suites Hotel and Cili’s Grille and Bar for sponsoring Sidney’s wish.