When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of nine, I didn't really understand that my life was about to be flipped upside down. Thanks to my loving parents and family, we took this new change in my life one step at a time. I believe that my life would have been so much more different if it wasn't for the amount of sacrifices that my parents made and how much they helped me during this time. So thank you mom and dad for everything that you have done for me.
It was May 31st, 2009 when I was diagnosed. I was drinking a lot of water over a period of time and having to use the bathroom a lot. My mom was worried about me so she contacted my grandma who was a nurse, and she had told my mom that she needed to go to the store to get ketone strips to test my urine for sugar. Sure enough, there was sugar in my urine. So my family and I went to the nearest urgent care that we could find that was open on a Saturday. I vividly remember how worried my mom was while we were waiting in the doctors office. My dad, brother, and I played games to keep me busy since there was a long wait.
I don't remember a lot from the doctors visit, but I do remember some things. When the doctor came in to tell us the results, I looked to my dad with tears in my eyes and said to him, "Daddy, am I going to die?" because I was so confused about what was going on by the reaction of my parents' faces.The doctor told us that we needed to head to the hospital as soon as we could.
The day that I had to learn how to inject my insulin into my arm, I remember the nurses coming in to teach me with a stuffed animal that I picked out. I remember sitting with my mom while learning how to give myself an injection and I personally don't remember being scared but I know it was a huge change that I would have to make every time I had any kind of food. After a few days, we left the hospital to go home and looking back on it all, I can't imagine being a parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes because it's like bringing a new born back to your home. Now you have to watch you kid 24 hours a day, test their glucose level 8 times a day and wake-up in the middle of the night just to check on them.
A few things to know about this disease:
1.) Your pancreas just stops working. It's nothing that you did wrong that caused it to stop working, it just did.
2.)Type 1 Diabetes is completely different than Type 2 Diabetes
3.) It is an autoimmune disease
4.)It causes dependence on insulin for life
5.) More than 15,00 children get diagnosed a year
6.) To survive, you have to inject insulin several times a day OR you are on an insulin pump
Fast forward to today, I wouldn't trade my life for anything.I tell my mom all the time that because I was diagnosed at such a young age, this is the only normal life that I see. Yes, some days this disease gets the best of me and I feel defeated, but this is the life God gave me and I am okay with that. I won't let this disease define my life, but I also want to inspire the young girls out there who are going through hard times to let them know that you are not alone.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading a little bit of my story and if someone you know has Type 1 Diabetes, please feel free to contact me! I would love to help in any way that I can or answer any questions! Thank you guys for all the love and support always!!
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When I work with companies and small businesses, I love to include their story in my blog post so that you guys or who ever is reading can get to know them a little better. Down below is the owner of the shop, Leah's, story and a little bit about her shop!
For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with creating personal style.
When I was a kid, I refused to buckle both overall straps so I could be "different." I love shopping, particularly at thrift stores, where I can find things that others don't own.
So when I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as an adult, it wasn't any different. I went looking for ways to express myself and this new part of me.
My shop, TypeOneRunner_, came from a burst of energy one evening in between work and grad school – despite needing to focus on accounting homework – I started to fill a notebook with ideas and sketches. Basically, the itch to create something just never went away and here we are.
You can find tees, hoodies, stickers, bags + more on my Facebook shop: Type One Runner Shop or stay updated through Insta at: @typeonerunner_
If you want to shop her website I will also link the website down below!
(The picture above is the first day we were sent into the hospital)