Yamhill sixth-grader Kaylee Williams was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes last month. As she and her family raise the money to get her a diabetic alert dog, Kaylee is adapting to her disease and getting back into the routine of school and being a normal kid.
Kaylee Williams, center, and classmates head to drama class at Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School in Yamhill. She had stayed home from school except for occasional days in class in the aftermath of her diagnosis; she's recently returned to school full time.
Kaylee injects herself with insulin. She sets the dose on her auto-injector before injecting herself in her abdomen.
Kaylee plays basketball with her brother at the family's home north of Yamhill. Kaylee is known as athletic and energetic; a dramatic loss of energy was one of the symptoms that clued her parents in that something may be wrong.
Kaylee keeps this small, flower-print backpack close to her at all times. It contains her blood glucose meter and other testing supplies, her insulin auto-injector and a supply of high-sugar snacks like fruit juice and candy.
Kaylee sips a juice box as she holds a paper towell to staunch the bleeding from her finger following a blood glucose test.She had been playing basketball for a half hour prior to this photograph; a low test reading forced her to take a break and drink the juice to raise her blood sugar.
Kaylee prepares to test her blood sugar as her teacher, Michael Buehler, makes an entry in her notes. Y-C sixth graders received an ice cream treat as a reward for their collective good behavior at Outdoor School; Kaylee, who was unable to attend Outdoor School, needed to take insulin before joining her classmates in their reward.
Kaylee and her mom, Kelly Williams, prepare the next day's lunch for Kaylee at their home north of Yamhill. Kaylee's food intake must be tightly monitored and matched to her insulin dosing to ensure he blood sugar remains stable.
Kaylee pours out animal feed in the barn at her family's home. She shows goats through 4-H and helps with other tasks on the farm.
Kaylee, right, and classmate Ashley Dickens examine Kaylee's medic alert bracelet during recess Wednesday, May 31. In late April, Kaylee was rushed to a hospital when she was physically unable to climb the stairs in her grandparents' home - tests later confirmed the diagnosis of Type One Diabetes.
Kelly Williams, right, pricks the finger of her daughter, Kaylee Williams, for a blood glucose test at the family's home. Kaylee must test her blood sugar between five and 10 times a day.