At the age of 3, my parents’ world was thrown upside down by my diagnosis. They had never heard of juvenile diabetes and the thought of giving their toddler daughter 3+ shots a day was terrifying. It broke my mom’s heart and is the reason they didn’t have another child until I was 13. I’ve always considered myself lucky to be diagnosed at such a young age because I don’t remember life without it; so there’s nothing to “miss” about being non-diabetic. Now, I am 28 years old, a wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls. This picture was from this last Halloween 2015 with my 2 year old and 8 months pregnant. Diabetes while pregnant has singlehandedly been the hardest challenge of my life (twice now). But for those that wish to have children, it is completely doable as long as you have the right team by your side. I am so thankful for my supportive family, friends and medical team. My second daughter was born 11/20/15 at 36 weeks 5 days due to my diabetes. It was tough, but we have persevered and she’s blossomed into a beautiful newborn.
April 20, 2016 • Diagnosed in 1991 • Current Age: 28