My name is Lauren and I am a 20 year old full time college student. My first year of school I played D3 soccer. In high school I played three sports. One of the first things I remember asking at the hospital was am I still going to be allowed to play sports. I was 11 years old at the time and sports were and always will be a huge part of my life. The picture I attached is of my sister and I before playing each other in a soccer game this past summer.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I will never forget the day that my younger sister, who at the time had just finished 8th grade, saved my life. I was sleeping in our basement and had left my phone upstairs for the night. My friend had sent me a message and my sister heard my phone go off. She figured she would bring my phone down to me in case it was something important. When she got downstairs she tried to wake me up and could not. She than called 911, tested my blood sugar and called my dad as quick as she could. She than found my glucagon and brought it to where I was. At that time my dad got home and used the glucagon. During all of this I was still unconscious. When I finally came to, I opened my eyes to see two paramedics. My dad and sister were to the side of them both in tears which caused me to start crying as well. I thought I was in a dream and closed my eyes and reopened them just to make sure. They started asking me a bunch of questions and than took me to the local hospital. That was my first ambulance ride. A while later I found out that my dad had asked the paramedic what would have happened had my sister not found me. His response was that I would not be here today. I will forever be grateful for my sister and her quick thinking. She is the reason I am still here today. What had happened to me was in the middle of the night my blood sugar dropped fast and I didn’t wake up because of it. The night before I had played two soccer games.