Alexa's Journey with Type 1 Diabetes: Overcoming Challenges with a Helping Hand

At the age of 15, Alexa, a spirited teenager, found herself facing an unexpected twist in her life: a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes meant her pancreas couldn’t produce insulin, and suddenly, Alexa had to rely on insulin shots or an insulin pump just to keep going. It was a lot to take in, especially for a teenager who loved being active, playing softball, and diving headfirst into life’s adventures.

A mother's protective instinct: Discovering MedicAlert

But Alexa wasn’t alone on this journey. Her mother stepped up as her unwavering protector, determined to shield her from the potential complications of the disease. In search of a helping hand, she came across MedicAlert—a guardian that would be by Alexa’s side through thick and thin.

With MedicAlert in tow, whether it was a cool bracelet or a trendy necklace, Alexa felt a sense of security and reassurance. It became more than just an accessory; it symbolized the support and protection she needed in the face of her condition.

Life, however, has its twists and turns. As time went on, Alexa let her MedicAlert membership lapse. Little did she know that this decision would lead her down a bumpy road, filled with a valuable lesson.

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The Importance of being prepared in an emergency

Fast forward a decade. Alexa found herself without the safety net of MedicAlert. One ordinary day at work, her world came crashing down. She experienced a diabetic crash and collapsed. Urgent medical intervention aimed to stabilize her, but it triggered an unexpected reaction: anaphylaxis. This severe allergic reaction sent her body into a frenzy, making each breath a battle.

That day, Alexa almost died.

In that vulnerable moment, Alexa realized the gravity of her decision to let go of MedicAlert. Without any form of medical identification, paramedics didn’t know how to treat her. It was a wake-up call, a stark reminder of the importance of being prepared for life’s unexpected challenges.

Miraculously, Alexa pulled through. Witnessing her struggle, her husband made a promise—a vow to protect her from such terrifying situations in the future. MedicAlert once again became a vital part of Alexa’s life.

Overcoming Challenges: Managing type 1 diabetes

Today, Alexa understands the profound significance of wearing her MedicAlert medical ID like never before. It’s not just a piece of jewelry; it’s a constant reminder that she’s not alone in her battle. It brings peace of mind, not only to her but also to her husband and son. They find solace in knowing that, in times of crisis, MedicAlert has her detailed medical information readily available. Alexa knows that with MedicAlert, she will receive the prompt and accurate care she needs.

Three and a half years have passed since that fateful day at work— Alexa continues her journey, supported by MedicAlert and various medical devices. MedicAlert, along with her Omnipod insulin pump and Dexcom G6 CGM, has become her allies in this ongoing battle. With the unwavering support of her loved ones, Alexa approaches each new day with strength and optimism. 

Facts About

The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 29.2%, or 15.9 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed)

$327 billion: Total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2017

1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

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