As 2015 nears, it’s only natural for us to look back on 2014. And, you know what? 2014 was great. No, 2014 was fantastic! To be honest, though we’re beyond excited for 2015, we’re kind of sad to see 2014 go 🙁
But why was 2014 so great? Because of you, of course! We love hearing your stories. We love that you invite us all into your home and speak of your struggles, as well as your successes. Quite simply, your stories inspire us, and the community you’ve helped build.
So, before 2014 is gone, we want to celebrate that. Here and on the pages that follow, you’ll find five of our favorites from this past year. Was it difficult to choose? Heck yes it was! But, if after these five you’d like to read more, you can go here. Or, you can submit your own story here.
Thank you so much for your stories, and, please, do keep them coming. Happy New Year, folks!
A Spoon Full of Insulin Helps the Sugar Go Down
I had been feeling sick, thirsty, and very tired. My mom took me to the doctor on a Thursday and I was checked for everything, from the flu, to strep throat, to mono. They told me that I didn’t have any of those things and, other than having Thrush, they didn’t know what was wrong. I had also lost nearly 40lbs in a matter of weeks.
I don’t remember much about the following Monday when I was taken to the hospital. I do remember my step dad carrying me to the car, and brief flashes of my mom driving me to a local hospital, where my grandma worked. Once we were there, the triage nurse asked my mom how long I had been diabetic.
Diabetic? Wait, what? I vaguely remembered my mom asking me if I thought I was diabetic weeks prior, but how was I supposed to know?
They checked my blood sugar and it was 1009. They air lifted me to Tampa. I spent 4 days in ICU.
I’m now 25 years old.. It has been a ROUGH road of denial, MANY hospital visits, and stress, not only for myself, but also for those who love me the most. I don’t remember what life was like before insulin injections and endo appointments.. I do know that those things are forever a part of life: and this life has been a crazy one. But I’m so proud of how far I have come. Even though the stress will remain, the denial is gone, and the hospital visits are no more. Life is tough, but so am I.
I don’t know where I would be without the unconditional love and support of my WONDERFUL family, friends, and boyfriend.
Regan — Surfside Beach, SC
When my daughter Addison was 3.5 years old she began to have an insatiable appetite and thirst. She was also using the bathroom frequently and wetting the bed multiple times a night. We knew something was wrong. We took her to her pediatrician to be checked out, knowing that she was exhibiting symptoms of diabetes.
Addison was tested and her blood sugar was 685. Immediately, we were on our way to Hasbro Children’s Hospital! When Addison was admitted, she wasn’t sick, had no Ketones, and was in good spirits. She amazed the doctors and nurses and they kept telling us how lucky we were to have realized something wasn’t right so quickly. There is no history of diabetes in our family. This was all new to us. Addison spent one night in the hospital and then we received outpatient diabetes education.
Once we understood the disease, we made the choice to move her care to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. There, we have become well educated and cared for. This diagnosis has made a profound impact on our whole family. Learning about diabetes, understanding this disease, meeting other families living with it, it has changed all of us. I have recently returned to school to earn a nursing degree so I can become a Diabetes Educator to help other diabetics and their families, and to always be able to provide the best quality of life for my daughter.
Addison overcomes and conquers obstacles each day. She is learning how important taking care of herself, eating well and being active is. Addison began pumping 2 years after diagnosis and is using an Omni Pod pump. Today she is an active, healthy 7-year-old who does not let her diabetes get in the way of fulfilling her dreams! Her biggest dream is to one day have a cure for this disease!!!
Jessica Boulris — Cumberland, RIWhizzco