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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My diabetes, in the beginning. In 1945 I started school in the first grade, the next day after Labor Day. I did not feel like going, but my parents wanted me to go even though I was only five years old. I was six years old during the second week of my school year. I […]
Some people grow up aware of diabetes because they know someone or know of someone who lives with it. Sometimes it is a relative or a friend of a friend. Or someone’s aunt’s cat. My relationship with diabetes is unique. Long before my diagnosis, I was connected to diabetes and the discovery of insulin. My […]
It’s impossible to describe the impact that Friends for Life has had to our family but we all honestly can’t imagine life without the amazing people we met through FFL! In 2015 we hit seven years with Type 1 and the “seven year itch”. We were all burnt out, tired of diabetes and had faced […]
I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 26 years, and like most T1Ds you hit a point where you burn out physically and emotionally. I thought I was the only person living with T1D who was filled with dread weeks leading up to each and every endo appointment, anticipating the usual “you’re doing a terrible job […]
“He has diabetes.” Our pediatrician spoke those words the morning of February 28, 2013 and changed our family’s life forever. One moment in time. Three words. The trajectory of our future seem to spin out of our control in an instant. Jackson is one of the lucky ones. We caught the symptoms early and we […]
I always take a pause when someone asks for my “diabetes story.” I wasn’t very aware of my diagnosis, I was so young. Though I do have some memories – a cold hospital room, the Disney Channel playing on the small television screen, and steel hospital bed with gates. I remember pretending I was a […]
Breathe. Increase your cadence. Relax your shoulders. Breathe. Correct your foot plant. Don’t look at your distance. DON’T LOOK AT YOUR DISTANCE! Breathe. Wow, this hurts. Almost there. Breathe. These were the thoughts that consumed my mind as I was closing out my first marathon. At mile 20 of 26.2, I was hitting the dreaded […]
I have lived with type 1 diabetes for as long as I can remember. I had just turned two when I was diagnosed, and although I’m sure it was difficult for me as a toddler, it was much harder for my parents. They had to manage my blood sugars using tools that were much more […]
I became a type 1 diabetic in 2013 at age 51. I feel lucky to have great medical care and I have a wonderful husband who is very supportive. The month I discovered I had T1 was a chaotic experience. I had lost 10 pounds in 2 months; the same 10 lbs I had earnestly […]
Sometimes it feels like my daughter has had diabetes for 100 years even though it’s really only been nine. In the early days after her diagnosis, I couldn’t imagine how a tiny glass vial full of insulin would become her lifeline and how without that vial pictures like this one might not be possible. When […]