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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Diagnosed as a Child
“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 […]
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 […]
Hi, I am Maddie. I play the flute, I love singing, I like swimming, I have a younger brother, two rescued greyhounds, and I have type 1 diabetes. I attended my first Friends for Life conference in 2016, after my parent’s bribed me with a trip to Disney World. I could not begin to imagine […]
I don’t ever remember a life without diabetes. Some people might say that’s good, though. I certainly didn’t have a sudden lifestyle change when I was a child or even worse a teenager. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just 18 months old. I just turned 13 this month, though, so […]
I’ve been a diabetic for 9 years and a sabre fencer for 6. I was motivated to find a sport originally to become more active, but eventually I became more focused on fighting stigma associated with type 1 and actual athletic performance. I am ranked in top 40in the US under 17, fence for international […]
I’ve been living with T1D since 1983. My sister was diagnosed six months prior and now her daughter and grandson are all in the T1D family. My first 10 years were pretty bad. My A1C was around 10% (which apparently isn’t perfect) and the BG roller coaster swings rivaled Disney’s Space Mountain. The thing that […]
I’m trying to find the words to sum up last week. I keep coming back to “exhale.” To be surrounded by family that eat, sleep (or don’t sleep), and breathe the literal highs and lows is a powerful thing – for all of us. Even though we are surrounded by a great support system, this […]