Join me in the fight to create a world without type 1 diabetes!
In May of 1983, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the tender age of 15 months old. Back then, diabetes wasn't as common as it is today, and my doctors had no idea what was wrong with me when diabetes set in. I had just received my routine immunizations and by the following night, I was not responding to my parents. I was lethargic and my eyes were rolling back in my head. The doctor didn't know what to do so he called another doctor. It was obvious that I had had a very adverse reaction to the vaccines I had received. I was sent by ambulance to Akron Children's Hospital where they knew immediately what was wrong. They smelled ketones on my breath which told them I was diabetic. My white and red blood cell count was out of whack, I was anorexic from high blood sugars which burn body fat, and I was just ONE.SICK.BABY. My heart rate was very low, and I was barely breathing. The nurse, who was an intern, was shaking all over trying to get an IV into my tiny body. Time was running out. She had to do a cut down at my ankle to get an IV in. Even then, I was given a 50/50 chance of survival. After the IV was put in, there was major shock to my heart because now I was breathing like a jogger. But...I pulled through and here I am with 2 little beautiful boys of my own- my youngest is 15 months old! When I look at him, I wonder how my parents went through what they did. I give my parents so much credit for having to take care of child with diabetes for pretty much as long as they can remember. They never babied me. I became very responsible for my actions/choices at a very young age! But diabetes has never gotten in my way because I refuse to let it. Yes, it's an every day struggle, and a huge worry, but I refuse to let it label me "different." I've had diabetes for 31 years! But I want this to be the LAST year I have to deal with insulin infusion sets, my pump malfunctioning, and getting sick from high blood sugars. Please help my friends with diabetes and me come closer to a cure by donating to our page. We will do the walking for you!!! Thank you. Your support is very much appreciated!