Five years ago today my life changed forever. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I went from being a happy go lucky 12-year old to a kid that had to grow up overnight. It wasn’t easy at all. I learned how to give myself four shots a day just so I would be able to survive this life threatening disease. I learned that I would have to prick my figure up to ten times a day. I thought taking care of myself would be easy, and it is for the most part, but nobody told me how hard it could get. For me those ten finger pricks turned into thirty. The four shots a day turned into a minimum of seven. The days I was supposed to hang out with friends or go to a party turned into lying in a hospital bed wishing it was all over with. Getting blood drawn from and IV port or vein turned into me asking for an arterial stick just to get things over with quicker. In March I met a puppy named Mocha and four months ago she came to live with me forever. My life changed again, but this time for the better. Mocha can detect when my glucose level is too high or too low. If she senses a change she will alert to me by a distinguished paw to my knee. However, she does more than that. Whenever I’m stressed, anxious, or even sad- just knowing I have my loyal companion by my side makes me feel better. Mocha is the reason I smile again; a smile I haven’t shown since about freshman year. The cheesy smile I have in this picture is because I’m so thankful to be alive and well. I’m finally free to be me and I am thankful to actually be able to enjoy my senior year. It’s been a hectic five years with a lot of ups and downs. So here’s to the next five years of my life, happy and healthy.
#t1d #diaversary #diabeticalertdog (at 5 years…. wow)