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My Type 1 Diabetes
I'm 21 years old and I have had diabetes for 8 years. My mom diagnosed me when I was in 7th grade. She is an EMT and I had started drinking a lot more water than usual. I was at school and I felt like I wasn't completely all there, she came and picked me up from school and took my sugar and it was 564. She immediately rushed me to the children's hospital and they diagnosed me as a Type 1 Diabetic.
A type 1 diagnosis isn't always the easiest to accept, especially as a teen, diabetes can turn your world upside-down.
Click to read how Suzi's diabetes has made her a stronger person!
Diabetes awareness, management, and access to care and supplies have become a priority in the developed world. But diabetes also affects a growing number of children in developing countries.
For many children in the developing world, diabetes is an urgent, life-threatening condition. A lack of insulin, syringes, monitoring equipment, and care prevents these children from controlling the symptoms of this disease. The consequences are daunting, and include complications such as blindness, amputation, and kidney failure. Without access to insulin, children with diabetes can die in just one week.
Access to insulin and syringes is the first step to saving a diabetic child's life. The Life for a Child program is helping children in over 40 countries by providing them with insulin, monitoring equipment, and supplies they need.
Diabetes advocate Shelley Goodstein has never let her type 1 diabetes define who she is. A model, mom, beauty blogger, author, and morning show co-host, Shelley has proven to many and even herself that you can still live your dreams even after being diagnosed with diabetes.
Watch as she tells The Diabetes Site how it felt when she was first diagnosed, how she's become an inspiration to other diabetics, and the importance to "click-to-give" at The Diabetes Site to help fund research for a cure!