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Transcend Warrior – Kira Carpenter

June 10, 2019

My Story:

When I was 19, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I was in ICU for 3 days with DKA and a fasting blood glucose level of 900+. DKA is no joke! The last day in the hospital was spent practicing checking my blood sugar, counting carbs, and giving myself injections for the first time. Then I was all on my own. It was terrifying. Thankfully the diabetic community online is so supportive and helpful. Now, two years later, I’m still learning and adjusting every day.

Type 1 Diabetes is a 24/7 job. And it is not easy. Constantly planning in advance and carrying supplies, juggling information in order to dose correctly. Not to mention the medicine we are giving ourselves multiple times a day could kill us if our calculations are off.

There are definitely bad days and it gets frustrating and overwhelming, between the occasional painful injection and 3AM low blood sugars. However, Diabetes will not slow me down or keep me from living my life like everyone else. I’m currently attending school to pursue my passion of painting.

My Health Details

Type 1 Diabetes

Low blood sugar instances per week: 4-5

Daily number of times checking blood sugar: 7+

Managing Diabetes with: Insulin Shots

How has Transcend helped treat your low blood sugars?

You can find Kira on Instagram at @kcnarwhal16

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