"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." Randy Pausch said these words in his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University and they resonate with me as they describe my journey as a diabetic. On October 18, 1999, at the advice of my pediatrician, my mom brought me to the emergency room and I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Diabetes was a foreign concept to us, and I could not comprehend how my life would change in that instant. Gone were the carefree days of a 9 year old grabbing a cone from the ice cream truck and going to sleepovers with her friends. These activities were replaced with a regimented schedule of finger pricks and needle sticks, carbohydrate counting, and vigilance 24 hours a day.
October 18, 1999 was the single most life changing day in my life, but receiving my Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System comes in a close second. I want to do all I can in life by sharing what I know with patients and inspiring them to take care of themselves. In my current position, I have the opportunity to educate people with diabetes. As this job requires an extensive amount of travel (hundreds of miles a week), NOT having a Dexcom CGM System would make it extremely difficult. Traveling with diabetes can be a challenge, and it is so comforting to always know where my sugar is going so I can travel safely and have an impact on people caring for their diabetes. Life is to be lived to the fullest. I feel beyond blessed that I have a Dexcom CGM System that allows me to live an incredible life, pursue a career I'm so passionate about, and explore this amazing world. We have at our fingertips, and for those with diabetes, our very calloused fingertips.
I will never have diabetes all figured out, but that doesn't mean I can't try. In many ways, I have diabetes to thank for so much in my life. I was always intrigued at how a tiny vial of liquid kept me alive. This drove my desire to learn more and help other people with diabetes too. I attended Pharmacy school and earned my Doctor of
Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston. From there, I completed a pharmacy residency with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, where I was able to implement an accredited Diabetes Education Program.
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