T1D Footprint

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. JDRF had a brilliant idea where any T1D could create their footprint. Here is mine!


Should I be surprised by these numbers? Probably. But after 24 years of living with T1D, I have learned and decided to take everything one day at a time. Sometimes, one finger prick at a time… or one site change at a time… (no matter how frustrating it can be when we have a high or low number, or a site change I JUST put in that decided it didn’t want to work). Can I get an AMEN??

One of the revelations I did have from looking at these numbers is how these aren’t just MY numbers, they’re also the numbers of everyone that has played a part in this area of my life. My mom especially, who learned how to give me injections and learn the blood sugar game before she went back to school to be a nurse. My college and post-college roommates, who had to witness me sweaty and shaking during low blood sugars that put me in a state of fear for months afterward. My husband, who is a constant encourager and voice of reason as we look forward to what God has planned for us in the future. These people share the numbers too.

I am so grateful to these angels placed in my life, (and so many others)! We shouldn’t face T1D — or any struggle, alone.

To learn more about National Diabetes Awareness Month and how you can help, click here.



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  1. I don’t know about you, but when anything gets broken down to numbers it feels both stark and incomplete. There’s so much blood, sweat, tears, and prayers behind those numbers! But ultimately, like you said, life is lived one moment at a time. Whether it’s your T1D, my chronic illness, grief, or the daily stresses of life, we can all learn a lot by living with that mindset. Love you sissy 🙂

  2. Lauren I learn more about you each time I read your post! God bless you as you have blessed everyone in our family.