3 Generations Of Type 1 Diabetes, One Shared Struggle
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a chronic, life-threatening disease that can strike anyone at any age and at any time. It occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. T1D can be passed on genetically, but can also affect those without a hereditary link. Although most people are diagnosed as children, it is not just a child's disease, and in fact, 20 per cent of people with T1D are diagnosed as adults.
Each day, 50 people across the country are diagnosed with T1D. More than 300,000 Canadians currently suffer from the disease.
Below are accounts from three individuals who are challenged on a daily basis by a disease that preoccupies their thoughts 24/7.
Kenadie, 11, from Toronto, ON
When I was first diagnosed, 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, it showed that I likely had the disease. After visiting my doctor, it was confirmed.
I was scared at the beginning, but I felt better after I was taught how to manage my diabetes. Every day, I check my blood sugar level seven or more times, and my mom checks three times during the night. Afterwards, I have to either eat specific foods or give myself an insulin injection. I used to have around nine needles per day, but now I have an insulin pump which is easier and less painful.
When I'm at school playing at recess, I sometimes have to go inside because my blood sugar levels are too high or too low, or someone needs to cha Continue reading