Twelve thousand seven hundred forty shots of insulin over seven years. One thousand two hundred forty-eight insulin pump insertion sites, inserted over eight years. Fifty four thousand seven hundred fifty finger pokes over Fifteen years…this is what it took to keep me alive, since my diagnosis with Juvenile Diabetes, on September 8, 1993.
One day I was a little girl with no worries, the next day I was showing signs that something was seriously wrong, and I was being rushed to the hospital where I stayed for 10 days; scared and not knowing what would happen to me. As troublesome and frightening as diabetes is, being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4 has definately made me a stronger and more responsible person. Diabetes is what I have, not who I am, but it has still taught me many lessons and has helped both Jackie and I develop character and discipline. Diabetes is a huge part of our lives and the lives of those who love us, and I am blessed to have gone this many years without complications. But since being diagnosed with diabetes, Jackie, our family and friends, along with myself have dedicated most of our spare time to doing everything we can to find the cure.
Thousands of people around the world spend endless hours, days, weeks, and even their lifetime seeking a cure for this devestating disease and for this we are very grateful. Although diabetes is a difficult and demanding disease, it has also opened many doors and helped us make friends all around the world. I can’t wait for the day when I don’t have to test, take a shot, worry when the insulin in my pump is getting too low, or set an alarm clock for the middle of the night - just to make sure I’ll wake up with a good number the next morning and although it may not be a big deal to some, I would love to just once leave my house and get in the car and drive away…without having to test my blood sugar before I get behind the wheel.
Yes, I, like all diabetics, dream of the day the cure is found; what an amazing day that will be! But in so many ways I am so healthy that I refuse to sit around and let others do the work of advocating and raising funds on my behalf. I AM BLESSED! I have the support of my family and friends, all of the diabetics I have met along the way, and of course Jackie and I have our music…YES!
Speaking of Jackie, I want you and the world to know that without you always by my side, being my guardian angel, and protecting me along the way, I can’t imagine how empty and frightening my life would be without you. Thank you to everyone, I cherish this opportunity to celebrate my 15th anniversary as a diabetic with all of you, my family, friends, researchers and volunteers who work so hard to help so many, because together, we will find a cure!!
So today, I am celebrating my 15th Diabetic Anniversary.
Pictures of this inspiring day to follow!! It’s early right now, we’re on the West Coast, so soon I’ll be going to lunch and pictures of my celebration will follow shortly!!!!
Jackie, Mom, Me, and Aunt Mama all ate lunch at one of our favorite restaurants!
And then Mollie and Mollie and Jackie and Jackie all headed over to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf…I ordered a Regular Ultimate Chocolate Mocha Ice Blended, it was amazing!! My blood sugar was even 69 when I tested to bolus for all of this sugar!! :] Today was awesome!