Vivienne is my daughter, she was diagnosed at 10 months old after having a cold that progressively got worse and landed her in the PICU. The first year after diagnosis was filled with challenges and triumphs. Today Vivienne is a strong, vibrant toddler who never holds back. She’s learning to be brave with all the site and sensor changes and is lucky enough to have her diabetic alert dog by her side every day. We don’t ever want diabetes to stop Vivienne from living her life however she wants.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
A coworker once asked me if I had tried using cinnamon to cure her diabetes. She suggested that she might not always have to be insulin dependent if I did. Unfortunately, we know that’s entirely untrue. But I guess it’s the thought that counts? 😉

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
So far we have not run into this with Vivienne, but we know it’s coming. We did have quite a struggle finding a daycare that was willing to care for her.

How do you inspire others?
Vivienne inspires her family every day with her resilience and bravery. She doesn’t throw fits or try to refuse when we have to poke her or wake her up to eat. She just does what she needs to do. I live in awe of her.

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