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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CWD Journey Award
Stories from recipients of CWD’s Journey Award
On September 24,1973, I was admitted to the ER of St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. I had been losing weight and experiencing the other symptoms of type one over the course of that summer, but we did not know what the symptoms indicated. I was 15 years old and lived with my mother, […]
I have had tons of ups and downs through my 19 years of living with type 1 diabetes. I just want to show everyone that it doesn’t hold you back from doing the things you love. This past summer I completed the Bay Paddle in the Chesapeake Bay Solo on a standup paddle board un […]
Delilah was diagnosed at 21 months and is now almost 13 years old. She has spent her entire known life dealing with diabetes, Hashimoto’s, and recently diagnosed with celiac. She can do all her care herself. She is always quick to help newly diagnosed kids navigate diabetes as well.
I was diagnosed at age five. My siblings and I were up north in the Keweenaw (northern Michigan) at my grandma’s. She was a retired RN and recognized my symptoms. She called mom and dad to come up and get me and take me to “big city” hospital for diagnosis and treatment. She was right! […]
I agreed to have my second child participate in a study that screened for genetic markers of T1D at birth. When he screened positive, I asked to be screened for antibodies and they were positive! I was diagnosed with T1D at age 36 without having any symptoms. Research (and my son!) may have saved my […]
From Tracie, Susan’s daughter: My mom is a superstar! She struggled and survived undiagnosed too long! She rocks her insulin pump and cgm….this woman is my hero! I am so grateful to call her my mom.
In 1990, on the day after Thanksgiving, this little girl’s world changed forever. I’ve been blessed with an unconditionally loving family, and our years facing this disease together have brought immeasurable friendship, happiness, empathy and courage. If there’s one golden thread that’s run through my odyssey with Type 1 diabetes, it’s been mercy, delivered through […]
I was the first in my family to be diagnosed with diabetes at the age of nine. Despite the challenges, I have not let diabetes define me. I have channeled my experiences into a drive to help others. I work at a hospital, where I have the privilege of learning about the medical field and […]
Living with T1D day in and day out is something that is too often not celebrated. It is your life, it’s what needs to be done. I think it’s truly important to stop and appreciate what a triumph it is to keep going and not just live with diabetes, but also thrive with it. It […]
Hello, my name is Cheyenne. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 10 years old. I found out when I was at my yearly physical. I’ve been diabetic for about 14 years now. Diabetes has taught me how to fight and be strong for my well being and overall health. I am […]