Summary: RaeLynn is an American country singer who was diagnosed with type one diabetes when she was 12. I had the opportunity to interview her. Read about when she was diagnosed, what a day in her life is like, what it’s like being a singer with diabetes, and what she does to keep from being low on stage.
My Interview with RaeLynn
D-Kid: How were you diagnosed?
RaeLynn: When I was about 12 years old, my mom and I would travel from our home in Texas to Nashville to help my cousin work on his record album. I would always need to frequently use the restroom on these trips, and at the time, I was also losing a lot of weight, which my family thought was normal for a pre-teen.
After one of those drives I really wasn’t feeling well, and at first we thought it was the flu. My mom rushed me to the emergency room, and we found out I was in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). After getting my blood sugar tested, my doctors quickly treated me. My high blood sugar level combined with my other symptoms of frequent urination and weight loss, as well as other blood tests confirmed the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
After that, I was moved to Texas Children’s Hospital for 2 weeks. The staff at Texas Children’s was amazing! They taught me and my family so much about how to live with and manage type 1 diabetes. Most importantly, I learned I can lead a healthy and normal life, which I am so grateful for to this day.
D-Kid: What is a day in your life with diabetes like?
RaeLynn: At first I had to learn how to adjust as I went. It was initially hard to make the required changes to my diet and meal regimen, but it eventually became second nature for me. During my teenage years, I faltered a bit. I wasn’t checking my blood sugar enough, didn’t take care of myself, and was always tired. My doctor told me, “You only have 1 body, and you need to take care of it,” which really hit home for me. From then on, I stayed focused on my diabetes management.
Today, I take NovoLog insulin pump, a fast-acting insulin, at mealtime following my health care team’s advice to help control my blood sugar levels, whether I’m at home or on the road.
D-Kid: What is being a singer with diabetes like?
RaeLynn: My singing career is a huge motivator for me. I work hard to manage my diabetes, and I am so thankful my doctor created a diabetes care plan that is customized to my lifestyle. It has helped me stay healthy, which means I can continue to travel, record, and perform.
My treatment plan has helped teach me how to live a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. My blood sugar numbers are under control. It may sound odd to some, but I actually don’t resent the fact that I was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, I use my role as a diabetes patient advocate to teach people with diabetes that it shouldn’t hinder them from following their dreams. I am living proof that this can happen. I am proud to partner with Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, to show that diabetes management can be integrated into daily life.
D-Kid: What do you do to keep yourself from going high or low when on stage?
RaeLynn: I always check my sugar before I go on stage! If I remember to do that I don’t worry and so far I haven’t had a scare! In addition to my basal insulin, I take NovoLog to help control my blood sugar levels – whether I’m at home or on the road. I also have a diabetic alert dog, a German Shepperd named Jazz, who I absolutely love and is trained alert me in advance of low or high blood sugar events so that I can treat myself as needed. Jazz travels with me everywhere – including on tour!
(From Novo Nordisk:)
RaeLynn is an American country singer and songwriter who made a name for herself after finishing third on the second season of The Voice back in 2012. RaeLynn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12. Since her diagnosis, she has worked hard to manage her diabetes by watching her diet, exercising and checking her blood sugar regularly. RaeLynn is grateful her diagnosis has taught her how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Today, at age 23, RaeLynn is a successful country singer and a newly minted military wife. She recently released a new album titled Wild Horse, which topped Billboard‘s Country Albums chart in its first week, and has been touring since, most recently alongside her The Voice mentor Blake Shelton.