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Nevada, MO woman with Type 1 Diabetes will soon receive her Christmas wish

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The Christmas wish of a Nevada, MO woman is about to come true.

After several months, 23-year-old Josie Foley has raised enough money to purchase a specialized service dog, trained specifically to assist diabetic patients.

Foley will be on Insulin for the rest of her life, after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes twelve years ago.

"I have to monitor my blood glucose levels all day, everyday and throughout the night," Foley said.

While blood glucose meters and her Insulin pump help, Foley says a scare last summer left her wanting further warning of the dangerous lows she sometimes reaches during the night.

"I almost wasn't physically able to get to glucose tabs to fix my blood sugar," she said. "That was kind of scary because I was by myself and I couldn't get to the thing that I needed to fix it."

That's when she started raising the $7,000 needed for a Diabetes Alert Dog, through the organization Heads Up Hounds.

"The dogs actually can smell a chemical shift in the body, long before a blood sugar level is dangerous," Foley said.

Foley says the service dog would alert her approximately 45 minutes prior to her blood sugar reaching dangerous levels, which medical professionals say could be life-threatening.

"If your blood sugar gets too low, then that's when people can start going into seizures and ultimately a coma," said Justin Wilberding, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician at the Nevada Regional Medical Center.  "That's actually much more worrisome than having blood sugars that are too high."

Foley reached her monetary goal just over a week ago.

"I don't think you can really put a price tag on the kind of security that the dog is going to give me," she said.

"If she is not able to sense it herself anymore, then any tool she could have, for sure, would be a benefit to her," Wilberding said.

A valuable resource, and just the Christmas present she had been hoping for.

"We're fighting our bodies every single day, so that gets a little tough," Foley said. "I'm excited to have a partner in the battle."

Heads Up Hounds is based out of Nebraska.

Foley and her dog will undergo training before finally being matched in July or August.
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