Hi, I'm Laura! I was diagnosed with diabetes at the tender age of 6. People don't believe me when I tell them that I'm, in fact, grateful for finding out at such a young age. But it's true, I really don't know how I would have ever adjusted to such a drastic change of lifestyle at any age older than that. Props to the so many of you who have.
I was a very lucky little diabetic, with a very supportive family. In fact, so supportive, that my mother created her very own support group for children with diabetes in my area. I also had the opportunity to attend a diabetes camp every summer (shout-out to Camp Conrad-Chinnock), which my friends still think is the funniest thing ever. What I'm saying is that I luckily knew there were others like me out there, other kids who were afraid of having their insulin pumps visible, in fear that people might stare.
Even though I was so fortunate, I know there are a lot of people who are just my type, that weren't as fortunate. So that brings us to the point of this project- to show everyone how relatable their crazy and embarrassing diabetic experiences are. You're Just My Type reaches out to inspiring and extraordinary Type 1 diabetics, chronicling their struggles, challenges, and victories of every day life. My hope is that you learn from and become just as inspired meeting these people as I have.
For example, when I was in the 7th grade I was SO excited for my mom to take me to Disneyland to meet my new diabetic friend that I forgot to put my insulin pump back on while getting ready. Did I think to tell my mom that as soon as I realized? No, that would be crazy, she would drive me right back home! Instead, I was so lucky that the diabetic boy had the same infusion set and pump as me, that every hour he unhooked his pump and I hooked it up to my infusion set to deliver my basal rate. My mother can, hesitantly, laugh about it now....I think.