I was diagnosed and the young age of 6, actually 10 days before my 7th birthday. October 10, 1991.
I’m working on 18 years of this disease. It of course has been a tough road, but I am striving and living my life to the fullest. I don’t really remember life with out Diabetes it has been a part of my life and my family’s for almost 18 years, my younger brother was also diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 9. We have fought this together, and we will continue to fight until we find our cure.
As a younger child up to about the age of 23 my A1C was always bad never under 9%. Feeling awful all the time, I finally decided to get a new endocrinologist, and my life is 100% better. I was doing multiple daily injections for 17 years. Afraid of a pump, I always avoided the pump talk. I didn’t want one. Then, this last summer of 2008 I talked to my endocrinologist about this pump called the Omnipod, I wanted it. I soon started the pump in September of ’08 and in 3 months my A1C dropped from 9.1% to 6.5%. I am currently holding onto an A1C of 6.0%. Shock is what I felt with those results, but at the same time, I felt so much better.
I believe this disease has made me realize how important life is and, I can do anything that someone who is not Diabetic can do. I just do it in a healthier way. I care about myself. I exercise, eat better and keep tabs on my blood sugars. Seeing that my life could be worse, I could be dealing with something way more difficult. I take my life in stride.
I am not ashamed of my disease. I enjoy sharing stories and helping others in the same situation as myself. I love teaching people about this disease. The more people know the more that can be done… I love my life with Diabetes, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.