Hi, My Name is Nicole Hamilton
I was a normal, happy, healthy 7 year old little girl playing with my big sister and my friends, having pool parties, sleepovers, and everything a girl my age should be doing. That is until October 3, 2011. On that day I was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes (T1D). I had been sick for a long time, but it wasn’t until my parents became concerned about my abrupt weight loss that they took me to the pediatrician, who (oddly enough) checked my blood sugar. I was then rushed to the Children’s ICU. My world changed drastically on that day. That day forward, I had to start taking 3 shots in my stomach, 1 in my rear and everything that I put into my body had to be accounted for. My family and I had to learn to adjust to my new lifestyle. We as a family learned the importance of counting carbs and how to balance that with the insulin that I needed to sustain life.
Juvenile Diabetes Walk
I remember my parents, family and friends participating in our first JDRF walk on October 30, 2011... 27 days after I was diagnosed and just 1 day before my 8th birthday. The whole time I was thinking that after the walk, I would be cured. After the walk, I asked my Mom about the cure and she told me that there wasn’t one yet. The walk was just to raise the money needed for the research. I cried because I thought I would get the cure THAT day. It is hard having T1D but I am blessed with amazing parents and a sister who will fail at nothing to take care of me. My big sister Tori helps remind me of what I have eaten and what I can eat. She stays on top of me when I forget that I am not a “normal” little girl. I can’t just run and play all day. I have to constantly stay on top of my blood sugar to ensure that I don’t get too low. I am blessed to have them and I don’t know what I would do without their help.
I’m a normal kid…almost?!
On February 2nd 2012, my life changed once again. I was fortunate enough just 4 months after diagnosis to be given the opportunity to wear an insulin pump. The pump dispenses insulin as needed after each blood sugar test. YAY! No more shots for me! The insulin pump allows me to be a little more of the carefree kid I was before. I can even wear it in the pool.
A cure for T1D will be found someday and I hope that it will happen in my lifetime, so that no other little girl or boy has to go through what my family and I had to endure. It has now been 2 years since my diagnosis and this will never get any easier, but I am really thankful for all the support I have received from my family and friends.
How you can help?
Every year JDRF has a 5k Walk/Run to help raise money and gain support for the research to find a cure for T1D (Juvenile Diabetes). Go to http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/teamcoliepolie and register to be a part of Team Colie Polie on the day of the walk (or run if you chose) or you can donate to the cause. Anything will help! I can’t stress enough how amazing it would be to find a cure for T1D in my lifetime. Thank you for your support!
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