14-year-old Samir tells us his story
“I was diagnosed six years ago when I was eight. I went from being a normal kid to suddenly having to constantly stop and test my blood sugar, sit out during soccer practices because of lows, measure my food and take shots all day. This disease immediately impacts your day-to-day life.
“Having the responsibility of being a good self-manager of my condition is tough but it is important not to let the disease control or define you. It is never going to be perfect and you will make mistakes, but just keep trying your best. I am feeling positive with research and things to come, and hope we can find a cure in my lifetime.”
Meet Olivia di Pietro
Meet Olivia di Pietro, an 11-year-old who was diagnosed when she was just 4 and has been living with T1D for seven years.
“Looking back, I can still see myself as a little girl sitting on the examining table at the hospital, terrified, as my parents and the doctor told me that I needed insulin injections to live. All I remember thinking is: Why me?” says Olivia.
Olivia credits family members for helping her through rough days, especially when her glucose readings are high despite careful self-monitoring.
Meet 11-year-old Kenadie who struggles with T1D
We know the challenges faced by people just like you or your loved one, who are coping with T1D. Kenadie, who shares your struggle, tells us her story:
When I was first diagnosed - just before starting second grade - I had no idea what was happening. I was at the theatre with my Mom and had to go to the bathroom many times, which was not normal. My Mom has T1D and after using her blood glucose tester on me, it showed that I likely had the disease as well. I later went to the doctor and it was confirmed.
I was scared at the beginning, but I felt better after my Mom and the doctors at the diabetes clinic taught me how to manage my diabetes.
T1D is hard to live with, but I would tell people with it to never give up. Be brave. You have a difficult disease, but you can get through it if you take care of yourself each day.
Aryssa needs your help to find a cure
I was diagnosed with T1D when I was 19 years old. This was at the end of my first year of university. While most people are diagnosed as children, I was already an adult. I already had a set lifestyle, and things changed overnight.
I had to keep an eye on what I was eating, think of my blood sugar levels prior to playing sports, and be careful when going out for food with friends. Being in university, I had other stresses like studying for exams, so the addition of a new health concern was difficult. I am now in my mid-20s and my disease is managed as best it can be.
For those with T1D diagnosed at a young age, it is not until you become an adult that you understand the repercussions of not taking care of yourself. You need to start as early as you can after diagnosis to prolong your time and avoid other disease-related complications. Take care of your health and make this a priority both for you and those you love.