Meet Michaila Smith. In October of 2002, when Michaila was six years old, her parents took her into the doctor. She had been feeling under the weather, and had a mosquito bite that they were concerned might be West Nile Virus. What they thought was a minor illness, turned into a 2 week hospital stay and a devastating diagnosis. Michaila had juvenile diabetes. As a child, the changes in her diet, the prods and pricks, and the constant monitoring was a huge shift from the carefree life she had previously enjoyed. Since diagnosis, Michaila has been forced to monitor her blood sugar multiple times a day, change her diet, and has endured many hospital stays that threatened her well-being and, if she had gone untreated, her life. Throughout the monotonous daily life of a diabetic, Michaila lives as normally as possible – spending time with friends and family, drooling over Taylor Lautner, and living each day to its fullest potential. Learn more about Michaila’s daily fight on her caringbridge. Butterfly Kisses has been blessed to be a part of Michaila’s courageous fight against juvenile diabetes.