I believe nothing is truly impossible.
All the odds were against me overcoming my newly diagnosed type-1 diabetes. I loved
all things sugar much like most four and a half year olds do. Then my world crashed, at
least in my eyes; I was told I couldn’t eat any sugary foods anymore. I was the girl who
ran down the hospital hall when the nurse came with the needles. I had to prick my
fingers about six times a day and have my mom poke my butt with a syringe just as many
times – sometimes more. Couldn’t I just leave it go for a little while?
The answer? No, I really couldn’t, because four months later, I started kindergarten.
Great timing, right? Most of my classmates were jealous because I got snacks in the
middle of the morning. Then one day I had my diabetes doctor come in to school to
explain what was “wrong” with me, and we made some awesome apple, peanut butter
and marshmallow smiles. After that I realized diabetes shouldn’t be a shameful disease.
Even to this day, over a decade later, I still feel like disease is too ugly a word for it.
Sure, it can kill you, but only if you let it. By the age of eight, I had an insulin pump, one
of the youngest to get one. And by age nine? Well, I was totally independent with it, still
I haven’t let diabetes stop me from living. I march in the school marching band in the
summer and fall, I have musical over winter, and then there’s my hardcore sport –
lacrosse – in spring. I play Frisbee, duck-duck-goose, and rugby with my friends on
weekends and snow days. My friends and I have made a joke about it; whenever I do
anything wrong or right, we say “it’s ’cause of that diabetes.” Thinking about it now, I
couldn’t see how much more fulfilling my life would be without diabetes. I honestly
think diabetes has made me exactly the person I wanted to be. I’m strong, almost fearless
and happy. My school nurses are still stunned that I have almost complete control over
my disease, and rarely need to go to them for help.
I wouldn’t recommend killing off your pancreas to get diabetes, but if you do get a
somewhat debilitating disease, don’t let it get you down. Live by my motto, “You can do
After all, nothing is impossible.
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