I have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 2 years old, so 22 years I’ve lived with this “illness.” Growing up it was hard to be different and not be able to share in the birthday treats and have “fun” food for lunches. Sometimes, I had to go to the nurses office to take shots. A very embarrassing thing when you’re 8 years old.
As I got older and more mature, I was able to take control and be responsible for checking my blood sugars and taking my insulin shots. As I hit high school I let it all go and had terrible control of my diabetes.
As a girl having a blind dad with many ailments because of his inability to care for his diabetes, you would think I would have learned a lesson. My dad was at peace with his diabetes but I being inexperienced in my faith, didn’t think it was worth praying about. Why would I? I’d had it before I came to know the Lord, why would it change?
I saw the diabetes as controlling my life. It took me several years after my dad died and trying to find the answers to my life in other places, and even worse control of my diabetes, to see that I needed to make some changes. It wasn’t until I got married to a wonderful man who had this amazing outlook on life that I finally decided to get an insulin pump. (The point of my story)
It was a scary thing, as I had not had good experiences with a pump and my dad. But I tried it and it was amazing. It totally changed my life. I thought my life wasn’t so bad before, but not having to take shots and having this amazing tool just blew me away.
Life was so great. It might sound cheezy, but I was so happy. Then in August of last year, I was introduced to a new product to help make my life even easier. It was called a glucose sensor. It was a little device that checks my blood sugars for me and then sends the data to my insulin pump! It’s not a hundred percent fool proof, but it’s enough of a new technology that it’s amazing. I can sing its praises from here to next week.
It had greatly changed my A1c so much, that I have added so many years to my life. On top of all that, it came to me only a month before I became pregnant. A very signifigant tool when you’re a diabetic and pregnant. My biggest fear in being pregnant was that I would cause harm to the baby because of my diabetes. Turns out, the only problem I will have with my pregnancy is not because of my diabetes but a shorting cervix.
All I can say, even at this stressful time is, Praise God for the new technology He has created to help people like me get through the tough times.
I am a 24 year old, (now) stay at home wife, growing a baby. I have been married for 2 1/2 years to a wonderful man that only God could have created for me. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking and being outside. I have 2 wonderful energetic beagles named Boston and Montgomery. I have now been a diabetic for 22 years and will tell anyone who will listen about the insulin pump, glucose sensor and what it was like to be a child diabetic. If anyone has questions, please feel free to email. StephanyVassar@yahoo.com