This month marked 11 years that Q has lived with type 1 diabetes. Eleven. Years. She has now lived 75% of her lifetime with diabetes. We marked the day with cupcakes, of course. Cupcakes are totally bolus-worthy!
Conservatively she’s done:
- 24,102+ finger pricks and blood sugar checks
- 4,400+ insulin injections
- 1339+ insulin pump changes
- A gazillion juice boxes and Smarties to treat low blood sugars
Q thrives despite diabetes. Since she was diagnosed at such a young age (just before turning 4), I will never know if diabetes shaped her personality. She is a driven, compassionate young woman who has taken on the challenge of diabetes self-management so that she can have freedoms and experiences like her non-diabetic peers.
Here’s to 11 years of living, and living well, with diabetes!