Kaitlyn

 
 

Age: 15  Year Diagnosed: 2007  Location: Corona, CA

 

"The most embarrassing and also funny thing that happened to me regarding with my diabetes is when I was checking my blood sugar at school during lunch time, and when I was squeezing my finger to get blood out, all of the sudden blood squirted out of my finger and sprayed my friend in the face. I've never had that happen before and it was pretty embarrassing!

I wish people would stop thinking that people with Type 1 get it because they had too many Big Mac's or doughnuts. I wish people would stop making jokes about Type 1 Diabetes regarding junk food. They don't understand that diabetes isn't from eating too many hamburgers or too many doughnuts, it's a chronic disease that shouldn't be made fun of. We have to deal with shots, needles, site changes, and carb counts for the rest of our lives until there is a cure. I feel like they will never understand what we are going through unless they were in our shoes dealing with the highs and lows everyday. We are on a constant rollercoaster ride that never ends.

Even though diabetes is a pain in the butt and can be very irritating sometimes, it has shaped me into the person I am today. It's made me stronger everyday. I remember to not let diabetes get the best of me, and to overcome any obstacle that comes my way.

I would tell a newly diagnosed diabetic: Don't give up. When diabetes gets exhausting or overwhelming, just step back and take a breather. Go on a rant with the person who understands you most, trust me, this will lift a ton of weight off of your chest. There will be many bumps along the road, but I promise you, it will get easier!"

Best piece of advice from Kaitlyn's mother: "Diabetes isn't the end of the world. Don't let diabetes control you, you control it. Things do get easier! "