Mia's Mission
Central Florida Health News|November 2020
7-Year-Old Uses Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis to Teach Others
TIM CRAIG

MONIQUE MATHEWS played a hunch and saved her daughter’s life.

It was November 2019, and her daughter, Mia, was spending the night at her best friend’s house. However, Mia was crying after dinner because of a stomach ache — something that had become increasingly normal over the past three months.

Mathews called a late-night urgent care and described the symptoms. The physician said the ache may have something to do with the kidney and that she could bring Mia in.

“I called and said I was coming to pick Mia up,” Mathews says. “I’m sure they probably thought I was being paranoid because I had been to a lot of doctors, but I just wanted answers.”

Within 20 minutes of arriving, the answer came. Mia’s blood sugar level was 1035 — nearly 10 times higher than average. Her A1c level, which measures the amount of sugar coating the hemoglobin in red blood cells, was twice what it should be.

That’s when Mia, now 7 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

With that diagnosis Mia became one of 187,000 people younger than the age of 20 who have Type 1 diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control’s Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020. In all, 26.9 million people of all ages have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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