Juvenile Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that affects my ability to make insulin. In my case, my body doesn’t make the hormone called insulin, which is necessary to carry glucose to all the vital organs…so without insulin, a diabetic would die. Type 2 diabetics make insulin but don’t absorb it, so they take medication that helps them absorb it and if that doesnt work, only then wil they go on insulin. But diabetes is where you dont make insulin or dont absorb insulin, like since you dont have diabetes, whenever you eat, your pancreas gives insulin for the food you eat. When a diabetic eats, they have to test their blood sugar, and then figure out how much food they are going to eat, then take enought insulin for the carbohydrates, protein, fat, etc. in the food. I’ve had diabetes since i was 4 and been on insulin shots for 7 years, then went to an insulin pump in 2000 which was great and we’re all just praying and helping support and fund for research to find a cure for diabetes. I could go on and on. but thats basically what juvenile diabetes is.
I am a Juvenile Diabetic, I was diagnosed on September 8th, 1993, at the age of 4, so i’ve had diabetes for almost 13 years. Jackie and I have vowed to help find the cure for this devastating disease to make sure diabetes does not get in the way of our success. i have a Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump in sea blue.
date i was diagnosed: September 8th, 1993
average number of shots: 10,220
amount of insulin bottles used: 2,398
average number of pump sites: 936
average number of finger pokes: 52,195
amount of hours spent testing my blood sugar: 1,350