Hi, my name is Kaidin. I was born in March of 2006 and I am 12 years old. I would like to share “my story” with you. From the second I could hold a ball, sports became my passion. When I was in 4th grade, I was on my community’s baseball team. I was a lefty, an outfielder, a 1st baseman, and a pitcher. Baseball became my life. During the All Star Championships for baseball, I was playing multiple games per day in the heat. I was constantly drinking water to hydrate, but I was more exhausted than usual. A couple of days into playoffs, I noticed that I was using the restroom way too frequently. My coach and my team also noticed. I told everyone I felt fine, and I kept battling just as I always do. I asked everyone to stop bothering me about it. That afternoon, my parents asked me to write down every time I had used the restroom because they thought that would help me notice it was excessive. In the morning, they took one look at my long list and insisted they were taking me to see my pediatrician. They were convinced I MUST have had a bladder infection from surfing the previous few days. They called my pediatrician who was able to see me for a quick visit so that I could get medicine and hurry to the field to finish the championships.
Within a ten-minute span, that quick, friendly visit turned into my worst nightmare. After testing my urine, the doctor informed us that I was in danger, and we were to go directly to the ER where I had already been called in. They suspected that I had Type 1 Diabetes. Away we went, where we were greeted, and I was stabilized. From that hospital, I was transferred via ambulance to the amazing local children’s hospital, CHOC of Orange. To be honest, these hours are still a blur to all of us, but I was still smiling not knowing the severity of Type 1 Diabetes. On June 28, 2016, I was officially diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic.
In the week’s hospital stay, we underwent classes for my parents on how to care for me, how I could care for myself, and how our family could also care for me. Although my family shed many tears, the tears I shed were those of not making it out of the hospital to play in my championship games. I had also tried out the night before for my first ever travel baseball team, and I was beyond upset about not being able to return for day two of the tryouts. I also feared they would not want a diabetic on their team. My amazing doctor made a deal with me. If I met my goals, could give myself my own shots (or assisted), he would release me to go straight to my game at the end of the week. I met my goals, going far beyond his expectations, and my parents took me from the hospital to play in my game! My mom called my doctor in between innings/games for the dosing information to help to keep me stable. I also received the news from my new travel ball coach that I had indeed made the team, and I am currently still on that same team!
Despite all of the challenges I face daily with managing my Type 1 Diabetes with sports and school, I am positive, want to educate others, and try to remember to tell myself and others to never give up on the really hard days. I was blessed in 2017 to be the second child in Orange County to receive one of the newest Medtronic MiniMed 670g closed loop pumps (artificial pancreas). To say this pump has been an absolute blessing would be an understatement. I have a very large support team of doctors, Medtronic staff, family, friends, and educators that love me like family.
While I have the most up-to-date technology from Medtronic and am able to manage my care “almost” on my own, I unfortunately am unable to hear or feel my alarms when sleeping. This causes me, as well as our family, great stress at night or anytime when sleeping without them right near me. I often ask my parents before bed to promise to hear my alarms while I sleep, which is heartbreaking for parents to hear but something that makes me feel better. We all wonder what it will be like as I grow older and my parents are unable to be with me on a daily basis. This is why I am so hopeful that I will receive a highly trained multipurpose Type 1 service dog. It would complete my support system, providing me with constant comfort and love, companionship on difficult days, independence, potentially alert highs/lows, and guide me to be a stronger young man as I learn to balance my active life with Type 1 Diabetes.
Breeding, raising, and training this incredibly skilled teammate can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000, and I am responsible for raising $17,000 of this total. If you are able and would like to, donations can be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability. There are many ways to do this! You can mail a check, be sure to write my name, Kaidin Stein, on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Kaiden Stein
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Kaiden Stein on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your Authorize.net donation. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.
Shortly after I was diagnosed, I started an Instagram and Facebook page under @onedaytypeone to help share my story with others as well as spread awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. Before being diagnosed, our family knew nothing about what Type 1 diabetes was, what to look for, or what so many families go through on a daily basis. I thought if my story helped even just one family, than my job was complete. Please feel free to follow my journey on Instagram/Facebook under @onedaytypeone and my soon to be 4-Paw plus 1 “teammates” pages at @onedaytypeoneplus1.
My family and I would be so grateful if you could help in any capacity, whether it be sharing my story or making a contribution. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Please don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Thank you for your support; we hope that you can help my new best friend join our family! #onedaytypeoneplus1