I'm Meagan and I'm 20 years old. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in May 2005, shortly after turning 12, and after I had spent a long time in diabetic ketoacidosis. I was five foot seven and weighed 85 pounds. Since I was so sick leading up to my diagnosis, it was a relief to find out what was wrong.
Since then, I've had to deal with diet changes, giving myself injections, lows, highs, finger pokes, and my least favourite thing: airport security. I know you know what I’m talking about! For the first two years after my diagnosis, I was on several needles a day. In July 2007 I was fortunate enough to start on the insulin pump, and it has made such a difference in my ability to control this disease. Every day is a challenge but the level of control the insulin pump has given me sometimes helps me forget that I have T1D.
My family and friends have been a major support for me for the past eight years and have always been there for me when I needed it most. My mom (Liz), dad (Gary), sisters (Caitlin and Glennie), and brother (William), as well as all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins, and my best friends Jill, Madeline, Laura, Tori, Kurtis, and Rhodri have all helped me - and continue to help me - in my journey with T1D. They remind me every day, to not take my disease too seriously, and that although I have T1D, it does not have me.
I have been involved with JDRF since I was diagnosed, participating in the TELUS Walk every year, and holding my own family organized fundraisers, and I was the 2007/2008 Co-Youth Ambassador along with Chloe Rudichuk. This year at the 2013 Regina Walk, I had over 25 walkers supporting me and my team, Meagan's Team, and I am very thankful for everyone who has supported me and JDRF. Every dollar donated is a step closer to better treatments, and ultimately a step closer to a cure!
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