Im a 20 year old soon to be 21 nursing student from Chicago.

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 1 week after my parents dropped me off at the university of Kentucky to start college. I missed the first few days of my college classes from being in DKA and going to several doctors appointments. With the support of my family and doctor I made my decision to show everybody that diabetes wouldn’t slow me down and I accomplished my goal of getting into nursing school with a 4.0 gpa all while learning how to live life with diabetes. Now I’ve been in nursing school for 2 years!

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  1. Jeramie Irwin says:

    Hey Rachel! Great story! I too am a type 1 and a UK grad. Go Cats! Anyway I work for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). We are starting a young adult social group in Lexington to get together for happy hours, tailgating, and other activities . I would love to have you involved. If you see this comment email me at jirwin@jdrf.org.

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