“I was diagnosed a month before my 12th birthday. My family was told to follow the standard American diet and to cover carbs with insulin. My blood sugar ranged between 50 and 350. I often felt terrible and would miss class/activities as a result. Type 1 Diabetes was a large part of our conversations. “How much insulin do I need to eat spaghetti?” “My blood sugar is really high now what should I do?” “My stomach hurts should I skip soccer practice?” “Now I am at 60 with two arrows down, how much candy should I eat?” My Endocrinologist assured me that I was doing everything right and that my challenges were part of the disease. It was terrible!
My parents went looking for another option after a really low blood sugar reading- where we over corrected and I thought I might pass out. Finding Dr. Bernstein and Let Me Be 83 changed my life! What he talked about regarding food and insulin use made sense. I needed less insulin and my highs and lows leveled out. My A1C came down and has stayed at 5.1. I love this way of eating and managing my T1D since it allows me to be a “normal” teenager, hanging out with my friends, playing sports, and enjoying school. Please consider donating to fund education for newly diagnosed kids and families dealing with Type 1 diabetes on a better solution.”
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Diagnosis Date: 2/26/2018
Fundraising Goal: $2,000
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