“They found a cyst the size of a softball”
When it seems like your child is spending more time going to the bathroom and her thirst becomes unquenchable, attentive parents know it’s time for a doctor’s visit. Sara, who prefers Maddie, experienced just those symptoms almost 7 years ago. Mom’s concern was very justified for Maddie’s blood sugar level was off the charts, necessitating a three-day stay in their local hospital where Sara’s family got a crash course on providing care for young Maddie who had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
During the first year following her diagnosis, Maddie required insulin injections as many as five times a day just to keep her blood sugar levels consistent. To make treatment simpler, Maddie is now on an insulin pump that provides carefully regulated insulin doses through a catheter placed under her skin. One thing hasn’t changed from that first year — her parents still have to wake her up at 2 a.m. to monitor her blood glucose levels despite having the ever-present pump keeping her blood glucose levels as consistent as possible 24 hours a day.
Although Maddie went five years without any diabetes-related complications, in 2015, she found herself doubling over with intense stomach pain. One CAT scan later, the physician’s diagnosis now included Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a serious medical condition. Most females diagnosed with PCOS grow small cysts on their ovaries. While the cysts themselves are not harmful, they often lead to hormonal imbalances. Hormone therapy often proves to be the best way to shrink cysts and manage hormone levels and is what Maddie is doing to improve her health.
Like many girls her age, Maddie enjoys shopping and watching movies. Unlike most teens, because she has personally experienced two significant medical conditions, she now wants to share her insight and is considering becoming a pediatrician one day. Considering she loves school, is in honors classes and is participating in the occupational health club at her school, she seems well on her way to achieving her goal.
Kids Wish Network is hard at work planning a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Maddie; check back later to read more details about her wish!