Tricia Franke

Tricia Franke

Hi, My name is Tricia Franke.  I am from Cincinnati, Ohio.  I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11.  I am now 32 years old.  I wear an insulin pump and test my blood sugars at least 5 times per day (but usually way more).  I have never viewed my diabetes as a “disease” because it is able to be managed and I do not feel I live my life any different than anyone else.  I played sports my entire life, went to college (earned a bachelor’s degree), and work as a professional.  I am a social worker.  I spend the majority of my days caring for others (odd huh?).  I travel to homes, work in the office, attend meetings, and visit people, all while managing my diabetes.   I am married to my high school sweetheart and the love of my life.  We have a 4 year old daughter, which I never thought was possible because of my “disease”.   I am always on the go and enjoy being a mother.  I have a hard time sitting still so I am constantly doing something.  I have never thought, “I cannot do that because I have diabetes.”  Actually, the majority of my coworkers do not even know that i have diabetes.  I wear my insulin pump hidden because I refuse to give people a reason to feel sorry for me.  There is no reason, I am who I am and I am ok with it!  Now the size and weight of my purse is another story!  My family used to tease me and say, “you carry a grocery store around with you.”  I always had entire packs of crackers and 6 packs of juice in a backpack (just in case my sugar got low).  My purse is now filled with my glucose machine, extra pump supplies, test strips, insulin, and a pack of skittles (always skittles everywhere in my purse).  So……I do still carry a grocery store, or should I call it a pharmacy?!



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