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Letter:

Posted: September 3, 2016 - 11:00pm

A note from Lakeside High School sophomore Caroline Dorn:

Hi! As many of you know, I have Type 1 Diabetes. I wanted to tell you a little bit about my diagnosis story though.

On, Sept.13, 2013, at 8 a.m., I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Here’s what happened:

Over the course of the summer of 2013, I lost a lot of weight, was extremely thirsty, and I went to the bathroom a good bit more than normal for me. I went to the doctor for my check-up and my mom expressed her concerns to my pediatrician. I had gone from 86 pounds to 78 pounds in about 3 weeks at the age of 12. My cheeks were sunken, and my ribs were very prominent. I never felt like doing anything active, and I felt like throwing up after eating anything. My pediatrician decided to test my blood glucose as a part of my other regular tests. After the nurse pricked my finger, and inserted the blood, the meter started beeping and flashing HI. The doctor asked the nurse to try to retest my blood sugar, thinking it was an error. The meter said the same thing after the second test. The doctor asked us to go get some blood drawn next door to see if we could gather any more information.

My mom and I had no idea what was going on or what to think. Later that day, the doctor called my mom back. She told us she thought I had Type 1 Diabetes. We both cried a lot and were shocked. We were scared and had absolutely no idea what to do. My mom told me later, “Diabetes had never really been on my radar. I’d heard of it, but I never thought of it touching our family.” The doctor already had us an appointment with the pediatric endocrinologist the next morning, who would confirm my diagnosis.

The thing that I find most challenging about living with T1D is balancing the treatment of extreme blood sugars. When you have an extreme blood sugar, whether high or low, it must be dealt with in some way. When my sugar is high, I must give a correction dose of insulin to bring my sugar down and accompany the insulin with water and exercise in extreme cases. When my sugar is low, I must suspend my pump, and use some fast-acting glucose, accompanied occasionally with additional carbs, to raise my sugar. Over-treating, or under-treating the extreme sugar levels can cause a swing to the other extreme. Many times treatment amounts can be a very delicate balance in order to keep the blood sugar level steady.

Walking in the JDRF One Walk is important to me because it is a chance to socialize with others who also have Type 1 and people who love and support people with Type 1. Raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is also important because it raises money to help us move even closer to a cure.

I am participating in the JDRF One Walk on Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. at the BMW Performance Center Track in Greer, S.C. I would love for you to join me in my walk to cure diabetes. I am setting a team fundraising goal of $5,000. One day I hope I can say “I HAD Type 1 Diabetes.” I would love for you to consider supporting my team, whether financially or walking with my team or being a virtual walker.

To donate to my walk team or register to be a walker, visit www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=6307&pg=personal&px=9200386.

Thank you for considering helping me in the fight against Type 1 Diabetes!

– Caroline

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