T1D Connections: Kirsten Hannah
As editor of OWL Magazine, I interact with a group of kids who share their opinions and ideas. I’m so fortunate to get to know some of these kids, including Kirsten Hannah.
It’s always reassuring to connect with others going through similar things as you are. So I asked Kirsten a few questions about life with diabetes and I wanted to share her answers with you in this month’s blog post.
Kirsten’s T1D diagnosis: September 17, 2010
Q1. Were you surprised when you were diagnosed with T1D?
Kirsten: Yes, my family and I were really surprised because we hadn’t suspected anything. My mom took me to my family doctor because she thought I had an infection. Two hours later I was at the hospital in Halifax receiving my first insulin shot. My uncle also has type 1 diabetes but no one else in the family does.
Q2. What was the hardest adjustment when you were first diagnosed?
Kirsten: The hardest adjustment to make was checking my blood sugars, or as I say “doing my finger pokes” because they hurt a lot until I got used to them.
Q3. What is the most challenging thing about diabetes in your life today?
Kirsten: The most challenging thing is the lows. Even though I don’t go low too often, when I do, it makes me feel terrible and I have to stop the fun things I’m doing to take care of it.
Q4. What is the most positive thing that has happened to you since you've had diabetes?
Kirsten: One of the most positive things is meeting or learning about other type 1 diabetics who inspire me such as someone like Max Domi who is a great hockey player (I like hockey). Also, my school family at Sacred Heart in Halifax always look out for me. My homeroom teacher even bought something to help in case of a severe low.
Q5. What is your advice for other kids managing diabetes?
Kirsten: Surround yourself with great people who support and motivate you to do great things. Never let your diabetes stop you, because life is much more than a couple of bad readings.
Thank you for your thoughtful answers, Kirsten!
Do you have any questions for Kirsten? Or do you have something in common with her? Post your comments below!
Kim Cooper is the editor of OWL Magazine and has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. She enjoys writing stories, learning about health and fitness, and connecting with others with T1D.