I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes so long I’ve gotten used to the moving parts of everyday management over time, but it’s a 24/7 job I’ll have for life and no two days are exactly alike. That extra full-time job can sometimes lead to emotional distress, as there are no breaks from clocking meals, insulin, and blood sugars
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On a daily basis, Jessica manages multiple heart defects such as Tetralogy of Fallout (ToF), which is a cardiac anomaly that’s a combination of four related heart defects: ventricular septal defect (VSD), overriding aorta, pulmonary stenosis, and right ventricular hypertrophy. Along with ToF, Jessica also lives with
I had my first anaphylactic shock reaction to fish in 1989, a couple months before my 9th birthday. I arrived at the hospital in time to receive epinephrine and thankfully I survived. Allergy tests would reveal I was allergic to all seafood and fish, though I’d been eating it without incident nearly every week for my
My MedicAlert bracelet has remained on my wrist for the past twenty-one years. It has seen me through every dance performance, breakup, sleepover, and most importantly, allergic reaction. While the styles, allergies, and chain length have changed over the years, one thing remains clear: this bracelet is my lifeline.