Who Are We?
Hello! I am Ashley, a mother of three and my most recent claim to fame is that I am now a Type One Diabetes Mom! This isn't a role I ever expected to take on and I learn new things every single day. I have a wonderful husband who builds homes in New Hampshire and works super hard for us all every day. When our youngest son, Carter, was diagnosed with Neonatal Monogenic Diabetes, I was forced to quit my job as a home daycare owner/provider to focus on Carter full time. With so much uncertainty, I couldn't be a reliable daycare source for my daycare families anymore, nor could I work outside the home with a child who's insulin needs changed so dramatically from day to day. So I am now a stay at home mom! Our kids are age 6, 4 and 1, so we are always busy and on the go!
I started Infants & Insulin as a way to bring awareness to Neonatal Monogenic Diabetes. This condition is extremely rare - in fact, Carter's chances of developing this type of Diabetes was 2 in a million. He has a specific genetic mutation that caused this disease, but the exact name of the gene is still unknown. We are partipants in the University of Chicago Monogenic Diabetes Research Program and the other 4 of us family members have done TrialNet screening for type one diabetes. We all returned negative with low chances of developing Type One, thankfully. We will continue to screen every year.
Carter is a very rare child in that he is not actually a typical type one diabetic. As mentioned, his disease was caused by a specific genetic mutation. He does not have antibodies that block his pancreas from releasing insulin- his pancreas just simply doesn't make any (or makes too little). He was originally trialed for the oral medication called Glyburide, which aids the pancreas in releasing insulin, but his numbers went super high back to super low and thus the medication was not able to be a form of treatment for Carter. But we will do every study and trial recommended to us that might give us some answers about how Carter got this disease and what it might mean for our future generations .