On NYE in 2011 my boyfriend of 11 years proposed to me on a rooftop in Minneapolis. It was one of the best nights of my life! A year later and the wedding planning started! AHHHH! Wedding dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses, flowers shops, guest list, food, seating and working full-time. I was dropping a lot of weight as we planned everything. Wedding jitters? I didn’t think much about it but by our wedding, I had dropped 60 lbs. 60 LBS!!!
On September 1st, 2013, I married the love of my life!
A couple weeks after our wedding I started to feel really sick. It was hard to catch my breath, I was exhausted, and often dizzy. I called my doctor and made an appointment. On October 7th, 2013 I broke down in his office because I didn’t understand what was going on with me. I was really scared. My doctor took my blood samples and sent it to the lab ASAP. I brought my little sister with me to the appointment for support. We waited and waited and waited. Finally my doctor and his nurse came back in the room and told me that my blood glucose levels (blood sugars) are at 403. I didn’t get it…I just stared at him. He said, “Lyndsey, you have diabetes.” I went white. I asked what type and he said “You’re Type 1.” I always thought Type 1 was juvenile diabetes. At 30 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I couldn’t believe it. I went home with insulin, needles, a BG monitor, test strips, and carb counting books. I didn’t know where to start. I made an appointment with the endocrinologist my primary doctor referred me to.
Over the next couple months I was writing down every time I checked my BG levels, carb counting, figuring out how much insulin to inject myself, reading article after article. There were times I broke down, but I kept thinking to myself “this disease is not taking over my life.” One day I met with my nurse practitioner and she told me about the pump. She sent me home with a folder of information on Medtronic. I couldn’t believe it! There’s a device out there that could change my life. I told her I am in! YES, YES, YES!!!! She sent all my information over to Medtronic. A couple days later I received a call from a Medtronic representative congratulating me. I was floored!
It has been almost two years since I was diagnosed. I am seeing an amazing endocrinologist at The University of Chicago, I have gained healthy weight, joined many social media groups for Type 1, and am living my life to the fullest!
Last year I joined the JDRF walk in Chicago. JDRF is the leading global organization funding promising, life-changing T1D research. It’s their goal to progressively remove the impact of the disease from people’s lives until they achieve a world without T1D. This year Melinda Holm & Associates is joining and supporting me to help JDRF continue to fund life-changing Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and create a world without T1D. So far we have reached our goal of $2,000! Here is the link to our team page. Please donate or share!