Transcend Warrior – Caitlin Sutton

My Story:

I have had hypoglycemia unawareness since I was diagnosed 14 years ago. I found out about diabetic alert dogs when I was a junior in high school and did a bunch of research and fundraising. I ended up getting my best friend Ellie, a chocolate lab, and over the years she has saved my life more times than I can count. There is one time I can vividly remember; I was on the second story of the house and I was so low that I could not stand. She had alerted me to my low sugar and I told her that I could not get up and that I needed help. Ellie got up and opened the doors so she could go downstairs and get me juices. She did this three times and had she not done this for me I am not sure what would have happened. I am so happy that I have her with me and that she has helped me with more than just my sugars.

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?11-15
  • How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?1-2 hours

What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?

My biggest challenge is dealing with people treating me differently because I am a diabetic. They think that I can’t do something or go places because of my blood sugars

What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?

I have learned that no matter what I have to take care of myself and help educate people about the different types of diabetes.