On March 29, 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I was six years old and in kindergarten. My life and my family's life changed forever. I am now nine years old and in fourth grade.
Type 1 Diabetes has no cure! Many people believe that insulin is a cure, but it is not. Diabetes needs constant attention. For me, this means at least four insulin injections daily, and testing my blood sugar by pricking my fingers for blood four or more times a day. I must carefully balance my food (carb) intake and exercise which can help regulate my blood sugar levels. The hardest part is avoiding hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemic (high blood sugar) reactions, which can be life threatening. My parents check my blood sugar and often feed me during the night to make sure I am not dropping dangerously low while I sleep. I keep my "sugar bag" with me wherever I go. It holds my emergency supplies in case my blood sugar swings too low or too high.
I continue to progress in recognizing my symptoms of hypo- and hyperglycemia, checking my own blood sugar, giving myself insulin shots, counting carbs and making snack/food choices in my recommended range. I have a new CGM (Dexcom G4 with Share). This device is not foolproof but helps my family see my blood sugar trends and make better judgments for insulin dosage to avoid extreme highs and lows and keeps me safer, especially at night. My mom and dad are never far away but can now monitor my levels on their phones; so, it also helps give me more independence. Along with a great nurse and my mom monitoring me throughout the day and night, it allowed me to stay overnight at Camp Dickenson (church camp) and grandparents this summer. I also attended Camp Too Sweet and get to have more playdates.
My family and I are so thankful for the ongoing research and the improvements that help us manage the disease. I continue to hope and pray every single day for a cure. In the meantime, I will WALK. I will participate in my fourth JDRF ONE WALK on September 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Elmwood Park in Roanoke.
Thank you for making a real difference in my life and the lives of all people with and affected by Type 1 Diabetes.Diabetes still stinks but the learning curve gets easier and most days I still handle it with a smile and lots of grace. I hope to see you at the WALK!
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