“Gage was only 7 when he was diagnosed with an incurable, life-threatening illness”
At just 7 years old, Gage was diagnosed with an incurable, life-threatening illness, a reality that can be difficult for anyone to accept. But Gage has been able to manage his illness with positivity and uses inspirational athletes to keep his spirits up.
In the summer of 2012, Gage started drinking water excessively, and his grandmother noticed he had “sweet-smelling” breath. An initial visit to the doctor’s office didn’t result in immediate answers, so doctors asked Gage to return after fasting for 12 hours. Tests this time around did give answers; Gage was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was immediately admitted to the hospital and received an insulin IV drip for 24 hours.
During his three-day stay, Gage and his family were given a crash course on how to handle his new life with an incurable illness. The biggest change for Gage is his having to stop his activities and test his blood sugar levels, usually six to eight times every day. At 9 years old, Gage still uses insulin injections but is working to transition to a pump. His blood sugar levels tend to drop dangerously low during the night so hopefully a pump will provide better monitoring.
When Gage’s levels fluctuate quickly, it can easily affect his mood, but one thing that can always cheer him up is sports. Like a true Wisconsin kid, Gage loves the Green Bay Packers, especially Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
Kids Wish Network is hard at work planning a once-in-a-lifetime wish for Gage; check back soon for all the details!