Annabelle's Avengers run for a cure

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

It's a diagnosis no parent wants to hear: "Your child has Type 1 diabetes."

"It changed our lives," said Erin Adkinson, talking of the day she was told her oldest child had Type 1 diabetes.

She heard the diagnosis five years ago when Annabelle was 7 years old.

Annabelle had complained of not feeling well and had lost weight that summer, but Erin remembers thinking it was normal as Annabelle was very active. When she started throwing up, her parents thought it was a stomach virus. But when it worsened to the point that Annabelle couldn't stop throwing up and began panting like she couldn't catch her breath, the family headed to the emergency room.

Erin, who is the wife of Sheriff Mike Adkinson, becomes emotional as she recalls that it's a good thing they did not wait. If they had, they might have lost Annabelle.

"We got her there just in time," she said.

The hospital wanted to send her by helicopter to a Pensacola hospital but could not, due to high winds. She was transferred by ambulance and spent five days in intensive care — five days of which Annabelle has no recollection.

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