A Tea-rrific Woman and her Journey with T1D
Joan Hepburn is not your average woman. She is a mom, a grandmother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a top-selling tea consultant for Steeped Tea, a dog owner, and on top of all that, she is living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).
We recently got to sit down with Joan and talk to her all about her T1D journey. Joan was diagnosed when she was 17 years old, and has lived with the disease most of her life. Joan and her husband have 2 boys and live a happy life in London, Ontario.
Like most parents with T1D, Joan was always worried that one of her kids would also develop the disease. Unfortunately for Joan, one summer day 19 years ago, her worst nightmare came true. Joan’s eldest son was eight years old when he was diagnosed with T1D. Joan can still recall the very day that her son was diagnosed. She remembers being out with her family and while her son was playing outside, he couldn’t stop using the bathroom and had become sick to his stomach. He was thirsty and couldn’t stop drinking. Joan recognized the symptoms and immediately thought to check his blood sugar levels, only to find that his measured 28. Panic struck when Joan realized how high his blood sugar was, and she knew her fear had become reality.
Joan took her son to the doctor and found out that she was correct; her son had type 1 diabetes. This was a devastating moment for her because she knew how hard life was with the disease and now her young son was going to have to go through it too.
Though it has not been always easy for her son (now 27 years old), Joan’s personal journey helped to show him that you can still lead a happy and fulfilled life. Joan’s son is now married with a little boy of his own!
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