Hi , My name is Kassandra Colon and Here is my story (:
On October 15, 2008; it was the day my life changed forever. That day I was rushed to the emergency room because for the past 2 weeks I was extremely thirsty, constantly urinating and feeling super weak. While In the emergency room with my family, they already knew I had this disease but was afraid of telling me. Just by Walking through the doors and with the doctor's face expression I already knew what I had been something serious. So serious that they had to put me in the ambulance and rush me to another hospital. There they had about 6 doctors in my room ready with a whole bunch of machines & medication that was waiting for me. I immediately started to cry, scream; yell because I was so afraid. I swear I thought I had a certain amount of days to live and my life was going to be over! The doctor held my hand while the other doctor checked my sugar & the meter read "790" (a normal blood sugar is 90-120) "you are lucky to be alive"- my doctor said to me and my aunt who was standing right aside of me. The moment my blood sugar hits to 400+, I can get into a diabetic shock or even worse a coma. Basically what I'm trying to say is that god was with me the whole time & had angels watch over me. Without eating for 8 hours , I was getting injected with many medication , every time I fell asleep I would have someone check on me every hour , check my blood sugar every two hours (even in the middle of the night) and put on my medication . I still couldn't believe what was happening to me. I would cry to the doctor and beg him for no more injections, it was killing me. & of course he had people come to see me the following morning to explain what type 1 diabetes was , you know ... How to check my blood sugar myself , put on my injections , how to eat correctly , etc. .
Depressed wouldn't be the word to describe the feeling. I meet someone there who was a Diabetic Educator name Sarah Cole. Sara was the only one I let in my room, who I trusted, and who helped me get that better understanding about my situation. She has inspired me in many ways possible , and because of what she done to me , I now want to become a diabetic educator just like her To help other kids who is new to this life and make them feel as normal as possible. Throughout the first two years I lost about more than 35 pounds , ended up finding out later in the summer of 2010 I had kidney failure ): I take 6-7 shots a day , check my blood sugar b4 and after every meal & drink a pill for my kidneys before I go to bed .
Yes this has been the hardest 3 years any teenage girl can experience. And being honest, I can tell you one thing. I had doubt that I couldn't do it; there was times where I would give up. Not take my medication, wouldn't check my blood sugar, didn't eat, I can go on forever. I tried to be strong and see the good thing about it, but it didn't hit me.
I put myself in the situation where it was life or death pretty much, but all the weakness has faded away.
Meeting a 6 year old boy with diabetes who I absolutely love has given me strength, hope, belief, trust, and patient on funding this cure. Last year I decided to create my own team and I did my first walk and didn?t expect to have 250 register to walk for me! My story touched so many people hearts that I even had a radio station interview! I?m just so grateful to have such a great support group by my side 24/7.
I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me and being here for me. You guys mean everything to me. I love you guys so much & I couldn't thank you's enough (:
HERE IS A VIDEO OF MY FIRST JDRF WALK , ENJOY ! (:
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