Hi! My name is Stephanie and I was born on the 18th of May in Brooklyn, New York but I consider myself an island girl having lived in the Caribbean island of Barbados for most of my life. I guess you could say that I am like most young adults my age; I like to spend time with my friends, go to the beach, love to laugh but unlike most of people my age I have Type 1 Diabetes.
I was not born diabetic but developed it in March of 2004. It was after 3pm, school had just finished and I was walking out to meet my mom. I was barely able to keep my eyes open and my bag and shoes felt like they each weighted a ton. My mom took one look at me and said that I didn’t look right. A friend told her of a doctor who stayed opened late and my mom decided that I needed to see him. The doctor took one look at me and gave my a finger stick. The meter said “HI” which I thought was cute until I found out that “HI” was actually a bad thing and involved a word i only heard associated with old people – diabetes – and I had it!
From that moment everything changed. After getting over the initial shock of my diagnosis, I spent two weeks in hospital learning about diabetes and the tools I would need to manage it like testing my blood sugar, carbohydrate counting and taking insulin shots. I take multiple shots of insulin a day and I won’t lie and say that every day has been perfect. I have had my share of ups and downs, lows and highs but I continue to keep going on and I think that is the most important step – To Never Give Up.