(KUTV) In January 2015, young Kycie wasn't feeling well and complained of a stomach ache and headache.
Less than a week later, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and flown to Salt Lake City from St. George. She suffered two seizures, fell into a coma and suffered severe brain damage.
She began to show signs of improvement, and her parents, Josh and Jamie Terry, worked with her doctors through therapy. Kycie was able to go home after some time. She was a fighter and beating the odds, but she unexpectedly took a turn for the worse and passed away in July 2015.
Now, her family is telling her story, in hopes they can help educate other parents about Type 1 Diabetes.
The Terrys are speaking at the Reason to Stand conference, which features several speakers who have survived a variety of trials in life, on Saturday, Oct. 22. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BellTower Courtyard.
Fresh Living sat down with the Terry family to talk about their organization, Kisses for Kycie, their daughter's life and how she continues to make a difference even after her death.
Her story is shared at kissesforkycie.com, and her parents hope to address the need for emergency pediatric care in St. George for instances when minutes matter, as was the case with Kycie.
They also want to educate parents on what signs to watch for.
Some of the signs of Type 1 Diabetes can include:
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Weight loss
- Irritability or unusual behavior
- Blurred vision
Jamie Terry said that, just recently, they heard from a family who followed Kycie's story and later recognized the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes in their child and they were able to get help quickly.
It's healing, she said, "to know that she was sent here for a reason and to know that she continues to make a difference in the world."
Visit areasontostand.com for more about the conference.