Landry's Story: My Life With Type 1 Diabetes
Hi. My name is Landry Murphy.
I’m a teenage girl with a lot of hopes and dreams, but with a lot of desires comes big responsibilities. One responsibility that I did not get to “choose” is being a Type 1 diabetic. I’ve been a Type 1 diabetic and a patient of Dr. Paul Thornton at Cook Children's for over eight years now.
My day-to-day life is different than the lives of many others, but I’ve chosen to embrace my differences. Type 1 diabetes is NOT a setback. Dealing with my illness has made me realize that everyone is dealing with a battle we all know nothing about.
Type 1 has helped me be more aware of others and just to be kind when kindness might not be the first resort.
I still am very active in sports, hanging out with my friends, studying at school, and spending time with my amazing family.
My day-to-day life includes many finger pricks, insulin shots, and carb counting. I’m constantly looking at food as just a number. There are often many ups and downs in a single day including being frustrated or irritated due to a high blood sugar or even dazed and confused from a low.
These emotional swings can take a toll, especially at school. Luckily, I have a fantastic team of nurses who help me combat these issues while I am at school. It was more difficult when I was younger because I wasn’t as self- sufficient and needed to rely on one of my parents or a nurse 24/7.
My parents didn’t hold me back from going to birthday parties or even sleepovers, but it was tougher on all of us because nighttime is extremely dangerous. Therefore, my mom and I would have to devise plans to keep my life somewhat regular as a child but still be cautious of my situation.
This often called for some midnight or even 1 a.m. pickups by my parents from sleepovers. Through the years, I have generated an amazing group of friends who are always there to support me. Most recently, I have established some great friendships with some other “Type Ones” … Some people who finally understand what day-to-day life is like for me (and them too).
I don’t look at my disease as a burden but I will say that having someone with whom I relate was and still is a key factor in coping with my case scenario. When I was diagnosed, my world stopped and I did not think that was possible at such a young age.
At the time I was diagnosed, I was really into the Jonas Brothers, and it just so happened that Nick Jonas has Type 1 as well. Knowing this about Nick brought me a lot of comfort because he did not let diabetes stop him.
His ability to still perform and live a normal life while working with his condition in the background is still so inspiring to me.
If you only take one thing from this, I want you to know that you are not alone. With each passing day, it will become easier as you learn more and more about yourself. I have chosen to speak out because this disease does NOT define us.
The Diabetes Program at Cook Children's
Cook Children's physicians and staff are experienced in treating all diabetes-related issues in children from birth through their transitioning into adulthood.
With diabetes, education is a key component of treatment and disease management, so we offer certified diabetic nurse educators and dieticians to assist children and their families. Cook Children's diabetic program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. Click to learn more.
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