Transcend Warrior – Evi Fyffe

My Story:

I’m new to Type 1. It’s only been a month since I was diagnosed.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Pen Needles
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?16+
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?1-2 hours

Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?

My niece. She has had Type 1 since she was about 7 years old and she’s now 16.

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Learning how to ‘ear’ all over again.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

That I can do hard things.

Transcend Warrior – Linda Jacobs

My Story:

I have been type 1 for 50 years. I have battled lows and highs. I use glucose tabs, candy, and crackers. Trying to stop the roller coaster ride.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:6+ Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:4-6 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Dexcom
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?6-10
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Trying to maintain my sugar between 70 to 150.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

When in doubt check it out. And never try to let it rule me.

Transcend Warrior – Cheyanne Plummer

My Story:

I play travel softball and there are times when I can’t play an inning because my blood sugar is low and I don’t feel good. Even when I try to stay over 200 for softball games, I drop fast. It’s not fun to miss an inning and let my team down.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?0-5
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?1-2 hours

Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?

All diabetics are my heroes. We go through so much and it takes a strong person.

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Not feeling safe when my sugar starts to drop. I feel like something bad is going to happen.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

That I am strong and can do many things.

Transcend Warrior – Mira Salama

My Story:

I am a medical student and the stressors/time commitment of medical school make it VERY difficult to create a good plateau. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old and it’s gotten easier, but is still extremely challenging.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?0-5
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

Transcend Warrior – Jennifer Huppert

My Story:

I was just married for the second time in August 2019. My husband has chronic illnesses and just had open-heart surgery. Right now I keep a sling backpack with me so I can hold my snacks for when I go low.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?16+
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Just to stay in range and not go low, especially when sleeping.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

It takes a lot of diligence, making sure you have all the supplies you need anywhere you go, just in case of an emergency.

Transcend Warrior – Carol Qualls

My Story:

I love that the Omnipod and dexcom have given me the freedom to do the different things I love such as go on girls trips!!

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?6-10
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

The fear of going low. I wish I could have been in better control of my numbers when I was is high school. I have always loved basketball but never tried out for the high school team because I was afraid of always being low.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

I have learned to not let anything stop me or get in my way. In the last 10 years or so I have made this my mantra. I feel like having better control of my numbers and better self awareness is letting me just simply live my life how I choose without fear!!

Transcend Warrior – Bailey Hartman

My Story:

One time I crashed my car because I passed out from a low blood sugar. I was lucky to walk away okay and didn’t hurt anyone else.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:6+ Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?16+
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?

Not really one specific person but I love how social media brings people closer and you feel not alone in fighting this.

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

How you can have 2 days and eat the exact same thing and do the exact same things but your blood sugars can be completely opposite.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

That I’m strong and can handle anything that gets thrown at me.

Transcend Warrior – Jessica McRae

My Story:

My A1c was rocky from the beginning. Slowly climbed to a 10, then 11.5, then it was 14+ and I was admitted to the hospital for DKA 6 times in 1 year. I finally put in the work to get my Dexcom and T:Slim insulin pump and my latest A1c was 7.5 – lowest it’s been in 10 years!

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?11-15
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?

Bret Michaels, he’s always been so positive!

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Maintaining a normal life.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

You never know what someone is going through, be kind and courteous.

Transcend Warrior – Eliete Silva

My Story:

I discovered that I am t1d when I was 15 yrs old. I’ve come a long way to keep up with all that this disease takes. It’s not easy to have a normal life when you need to constantly check your sugar levels and give shots no matter where you are. But I am proud to say that this disease doesn’t have me, I control what it does to me.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 1
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:4-5 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:7+ times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?11-15
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour

Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?

I’m my own hero.

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

Control it.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

I learned to be strong. And that I’m stronger than I think.

Transcend Warrior – Kathleen Downey

My Story:

I try to keep my eye on the sugar but there are times I am in situations and I get a finger stick. I am learning to be more conscious of highs and lows. I mostly don’t feel it until it is too late. I am legally blind and sometimes mess up my finger sticks.

My Health Details

  • Type of Diabetes:Type 2
  • Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
  • Daily number of times checking blood sugar:1-3 times/day
  • Managing Diabetes with:Medication
  • What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?16+
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?1-2 hours

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

I miss finger sticks sometimes and it is painful.

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

Just have to keep trying and find new resources.