Some people wear their feelings on their sleeve… I wear my pancreas on my hip! lol. Happy World Diabetes Day! I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that requires the constant subcutaneous delivery of insulin through a pump or multiple daily injections, for 30 years. I’ve had many hypoglycemic grand mal seizures, DKA hospitalizations, and tons of scares where I wasn’t sure if I would survive. I fear for my life each night before I fall asleep.
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But I am a fighter. I have a Ph.D. in Victorian Lit, I’m a published, award-winning writer, and I teach composition to college students. I played competitive roller derby for five years, and I’m a former national champion baton twirler. And I work out six days a week and read voraciously. Don’t forget that’s Wear my pancreas on my hip diabetes shirt. My heroes are Frederick Banting & Nick Jonas. I’m a mom to three pets, I’m a good friend and family member, and I have compassion in my heart for everyone’s story.
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I am more than my diabetes. I power through the bad days, and I am greater than my highs and lows. So I am just like you except that I wear my pancreas on my hip or in my bra. I’m so thankful for MY SISTER, my parents, my teammates, and my friends who have made this journey easier. And I smile all the time because I’m grateful for every single moment. Let’s Wear my pancreas on my hip diabetes shirt. I want more than anything to see a cure for type 1 diabetes in my lifetime. I am Dr. Suzanne “9lb Hammer” Samples, and I am a proud face of type 1 diabetes!
Happy World Diabetes Day
Some people will be unaware of insulin pumps, but I hope that one day I can wear my pancreas on my hip. Not literally, but be able to use an insulin pump instead of multiple daily injections. Are you frustrated and confused about insulin prices? You’re not alone. Read about this past weekend’s protest at Eli Lilly and what messages were being sent to insulin makers. Also, find out how to help out!