“This Is Our Life. This Is Diabetes.”

“This Is Our Life. This Is Diabetes.”

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Robin and niece

Robin developed gestational diabetes while pregnant, but her doctors thought it would go away after her son was born. When she returned to the doctor weeks, months and then years after her delivery, she was told that it had instead progressed to type 2 diabetes.

Robin realized that she needed to get healthy for her son. She discovered diabetes.org and found not only resources to help her learn about her disease, but also a community of other people managing diabetes. She realized she wasn’t alone in this fight, and began to volunteer with the American Diabetes Association to help others like herself.

A few months ago, Robin received a phone call in the middle of the night from her sister. Robin’s niece, Zamaiah, was being rushed to the emergency room because her blood glucose levels were at dangerous levels. Zamaiah was only 10 years old when she was diagnosed with type 2—one of a growing number of children and youth who have developed what used to be known as adult-onset diabetes.

After struggling at first to adapt to her new lifestyle, Zamaiah has now become a pro at counting carbs, administering her insulin and taking her oral medications (even though she hates pills—she has learned to crush them and take them with apple sauce).

Robin and Zamaiah manage their diabetes together. This is their story.

During American Diabetes Month® we’re sharing the stories of people affected by diabetes, just like Robin and Zamaiah. What do YOU want the world to know about this disease?

If you or someone you know is living with diabetes, share your story during November using #ThisIsDiabetes. And learn more at http://diabetes.org/adm.