Every story matters. From the moment of diagnosis to the time you conquered the overnight basal rate to the moment when you realized that the CWD community has your back, every story in your diabetes life matters.
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Being diagnosed at age 12.5 was not easy. At the time, nurses told me, “If you don’t manage it ‘right’ you’ll die or be deformed within five years.” Needless to say, that set off a cascade of unfortunate events for a pre-teen. However, the turmoil of this time led me to become what I am […]
I was diagnosed in 1972, and back then I went to get my blood drawn at the lab once a week. It was from that result that the doctor would adjust my dose of regular (R) and long-acting (NPH) insulins. I had so many lows and often passed out at home or while out. It […]
Although I reached my 10 year milestone 5 years ago, it was a significant milestone for me. It was hard for me to see a thriving and happy version of myself 10 years in the future when I was diagnosed, yet here I am! A happy, healthy, independent, passionate, and strong individual
From her mom, Andrea: Addi was diagnosed when she was four years old. For the last ten years, she has thrived living with type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto’s. She is currently a high school freshman and earning straight As. Her favorite subject is science, and she loves studying spiders. Archery is Addi’s favorite sport, and […]
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10 by Dr. Johnnie W. Stevens. Dr. Stevens passed away on December 25, 2023. He was a significant mentor in my life and taught me to always reach for the stars. As a diabetes researcher, family nurse practitioner, and nursing faculty, I am involved […]
From her mom, Christie: Our daughter, Odette, was diagnosed at 14 months old in severe DKA. She had no symptoms other than extreme thirst and vomiting. She was then misdiagnosed by a local doctor. Hours later, she was panting from the acid buildup (and still vomiting), so we took her to our local ER. They […]
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on August 27th, 2013, when I was just eight years old. At first it felt world ending, but I took it in stride and did everything the doctors told me to do. I left the hospital after three days, and within a week I was administering my own […]
From her mom, Linda: My daughter Megan has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1999, when she was diagnosed at eight years old. I want to honor her journey. She successfully navigated through high school and college as a competitive cheerleader. She earned a masters degree in teaching and has a 1st degree black […]
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 13, my doctor told my mother my life would be shortened, I shouldn’t have children, and I would most likely live with renal failure, blindness, among many other complications of diabetes. Today, I have had diabetes for almost 40 years. I’ve ran a full marathon […]
From her mom, Laurie: When my daughter Jenny was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 16, I thought that her life would never be good again, but… I was wrong! Diabetes management was very hard for the first few months, but eventually it became easier and better. Ten years after diagnosis, I am in […]