Transcend Warrior – Shay Desousa

My Story:

My Diabetes was a very late bloomer. Diagnosed at the age of 22, initially I felt extremely isolated and lonely because of Type One. Being older meant no amazing summer camps, no school where you run the potential to meet other Diabetics, and no community rallying around me. I had to advocate and educate for myself, by myself, until the Diabetic community on Instagram became a part of my life. Online, I have met a tremendous amount of other people who were not diagnosed as children, and can relate to what it feels like to have your life turned completely upside down – when you grew up knowing a simple way of life, and had diabetes come along and steal the carefree nature away. I am forever grateful for these people and the world that seemed to open up when the door to my previous life closed.

My Health Details:

Type 1 Diabetes

Low blood sugar instances per week: 6+

Daily number of times checking blood sugar: 7+

Managing Diabetes with: Insulin Pump