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 and many half marathons. I have a healthy son. I have no complications and I’ve enjoyed a full career as an RN, now leading our large healthcare system’s well-being strategies. I’ve had the joy and privilege of being a diabetes educator for many years with my goal of sharing the message to children and families that diabetes doesn’t need to stop you from your dreams and goals. My journey with diabetes wasn’t always perfect, however, I’ve learned to respect my body and what it needs. I wear an insulin pump and CGM, and live life to it’s very fullest.
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