Classmate Ready Trace Wilson Because of his own diagnosis

DUNCAN FALLS – When Trace Wilson consented to be a hallway friend of his classmates he didn’t have any idea how valuable the experience would be.

“Pupils with diabetes have a friend who walks the hallway together if they begin to pass out or something,” said Trace’s dad, Kyle Wilson. “We had no thought that he did so.”

Trace himself, would need a hallway friend.

“I got where I was just sitting   on the couch a lot, I had been sleeping a lot more and visiting the toilet more and I had been drinking a lot more,” Trace said. “I just was not busy like I’d been and my stomach hurt a lot.”

Originally Kyle and his wife, Jodi, thought because the symptoms were similar, their son had the flu. But when the disease dropped, they took him to his pediatrician.

“He had always been the normal lively boy,” Jodi said. “We knew something was not correct when our 7-year-old suddenly didn’t feel like playing”


10-year-old Trace Wilson talks about the symptoms that Resulted in his diagnosis of Type I Diabetes Shelly Schultz

In February 2015, Trace was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, a disease that grips about 1.25 million Americans – mostly children.

“The information compiled in 2009 by (Journal of American Medical Association) revealed 1.93 per 1,000 children were diagnosed with Type I diabetes versus .46 per 1,000 children being diagnosed with Type II diabetes,” stated  Dr. Manmohan Kamboj, chief of Endocrinology in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The difference between Type I and Type II diabetes, according to Kamboj, is Type I is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the beta cells.  

“This causes the pancreas to make little to no insulin,” he explained. Insulin is a hormone Which Allows cells to use glucose for energy

Type II, on the other hand, isn’t an autoimmune condition. Type II diabetes could be reversed.

“Type II affects the body’s ability to use glucose, it results from insulin resistance,” Kamboj said. “Type II is due to a mix of lifestyle and hereditary factors. We see it a lot in obesity.”

Having high in carbohydrates and sugar, and lack of physical activity may lead to Type II diabetes.  

“The analysis was just shocking,” Jodi said.  

Trace’s answer to it was shocking.

“The doctor was explaining how everything worked and Trace understood all about checking his sugar levels and the tracks,” Kyle stated. “I asked him how he knew all that stuff and he explained he had a buddy at college with diabetes”

Trace and his friend, Wyatt, both fifth grade students at Duncan Falls, are two of the 1.25 million children who live with Type I diabetes.

In honor of Diabetes Awareness month, Trace wrote a letter to Muskingum County Commissioners asking them to light the courthouse blue on Nov. 14 for World Diabetes Day. The commissioners encouraged Trace and his family at which Trace learned the courthouse would be gloomy for the rest of the week.

“I really feel like I am getting a great deal of diabetes assistance from the county commissioners lighting up the courthouse in gloomy,” Trace said. “Because I don’t believe diabetes receives a great deal of support. I don’t think a lot of people are educated about diabetes”  

For approximately 18 months, Trace took shots to restrain his insulin level. He has a pump that matches his insulin to his lifestyle rather than fitting his lifestyle according to how is insulin is working.

“It is connected to his own iPhone so we could see what his level is when he isn’t with us,” Jodi said.  

Trace doesn’t let it slow him down today that he has figured out how to maintain his insulin levels, although having Type I diabetes may be inconvenient.

“I feel best as it is in the mid 100’s,” Trace said. “I take about Smarties with me if I want them, I do normally if I am playing ball.”

Trace doesn’t let his diagnosis hinder participating on the Electric’s soccer and basketball teams either.

“I understand I can’t do away with it, but I could beat it,” Trace said. “I just don’t let it stop me”

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