19th Diabetic Anniversary

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I celebrated my 19th Diabetic Anniversary tonight with a piece of “Snickers Ice Cream Pie!” We’re not celebrating 19 years of diabetes, but celebrating 19 years of good health. And for that, I am grateful to have my family and guardian angel, Jackie, by my side…its still my dream to find a cure for diabetes and i know there will be a cure one day! 🙂

Later this evening, my Mom wrote on her facebook and said,

“19 years ago, when my daughters Mollie and Jackie were 4-years-old we took them out for a special treat, we took them to see their Godfather perform at the Showroom of the Frontier Hotel. What the girls remember about that night was Wayne coming into the audience and dedicating the song, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” to them. What I remember about that night was the inability to quench Mollie’s thirst, repeatedly getting up and down during the show for glasses of water or 7-UP…all night long.

After the show we went back stage to see the girls favorite ‘Uncle,’ but shortly after giving him a kiss hello, we had to leave… Mollie wasn’t feeling very well and she seemed to be getting worse by the minute. We had no idea what was wrong, but we knew we needed to get her home. My plan was to call her doctor in the morning and have her ‘checked out’ to see what was going on, but she never made it to the doctor’s office; Mollie’s blood sugar was 799 and her ketones were off the chart (Normal blood sugar is 80 to 120)! She spent the next 8 days in the hospital trying to learn how to live with Type-1 (Insulin Dependent) Diabetes. It’s almost impossible to believe that it has been 19 years since she was told, “Mollie you have ‘Di-a-bêtes.’ All Mollie and Jackie heard that day was DIE-a-bêtes (emphasis on DIE!) Funny how when something life threatening and heartbreaking happens to someone you love, you remember every single detail as though it was yesterday. I will never forget that day, it was the moment in time that stole Mollie’s childhood (and Jackie’s too)…it was the day that they stopped being little girls and became mature, disciplined little adults, overnight.

Today, I am still so sad for Mollie and everyone diagnosed with diabetes that they have to live with the pain, frustration and devastation of this disease. However, I am so grateful that nineteen years after her diagnosis Mollie is healthy! So, on September 8th we never forget the life-changing moment in Mollie’s life, but we focus and celebrate another year of her good health!

Additionally, September 8th reminds us to give thanks to all the doctors, nurses and researchers around the world, who have dedicated their lives to giving compassionate care and developing promising research. We are also grateful for the work of the generous volunteers and donors, who tirelessly give of their time and resources to help cure Diabetes.

To all I say…THANK YOU, especially you Mollie. All of us who love you are thankful that you are disciplined and persevere to do the impossible, manage your diabetes! We’re proud of you for not giving up. I, all of us love you so much and we truly appreciate how difficult it is for you to live with diabetes, you Rock Moll!

Love mom

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My 18th Diabetic Anniversary and CNN!

Hi everyone! So as I’m typing this, a CNN camera crew is standing right in front of me videotaping Jackie and I blogging and working on the Diabetic Angels website right now! The four of us, MJ2, are being featured on CNN/HLN’s special segment called “Breakthrough Women” and they have been interviewing us about our music and advocacy throughout the years and talking about how we founded the Diabetic Angels. Today has been amazing so far and we will keep you updated!  

[updated on september 8, 2011]

Wow.

This is really cool! 

So, the reason why I am CELEBRATING the anniversary of having diabetes for 18 years is because I am grateful that I am healthy and complication free, and it’s a “normal" way to reward myself, only I get to do it once a year! 🙂
As you can see, we are enjoying the World Famous Pazookie Trio that Jackie said I had to have and has been researching for quite some time now…she had my dessert extravaganza all planned out! 🙂 That was so sweet of her and it SO worth the insulin! We both thoroughly enjoyed it!

By the way, incase you were wondering what a Pazookie is, [I also had no idea before Jackie discovered this] but Jackie says it’s "an abnormally large cookie with vanilla "bean” ice cream trio with three little baby samples…chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies.“ :] 

It was SO gooood. 🙂 We had heard from a few friends on Facebook how good the Pazookie was, and they were right! 🙂 

Thank you everyone for all of the thoughtful Facebook comments on my 18th Diabetic Anniversary. I love reading them, and am so happy that this day was memorable in so many ways, right down to CNN documenting it! 🙂

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Yesterday was my 17th Diabetic Anniversary…

Yep, yesterday, (September 8th) was my 17th Diabetic Anniversary…and I never had a chance to tweet or blog…I had a dentist appointment! Isn’t that exciting? Well any way I never got a chance to write anything on here because my cheeks were swollen. I can’t believe I’m typing that. Haha.

Since we couldn’t celebrate on Tuesday, we’ll be doing something this weekend to celebrate my 17 years of being healthy!!!!!! 🙂 I will definately write in here with pictures this weekend. 🙂 I’ve missed blogging, and it’s nice to be back writing as much as I can and even being inspired with a new look for curemoll.com! thanks for reading, and leave a comment with your blog so I cannadd it to my new Blogroll. 🙂

Always Praying for a Cure,
Mollie

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Mollie’s 16th Diabetic Anniversary

Today I’m celebrating 16 years of excellent health as a diabetic.

We like to call it my “Diabetic Anniversary.”

Some people don’t know why I like to celebrate this day, but for those of you who know anything about diabetes, then you understand it can be very challenging to be a diabetic and be in good health.  Since I am both, a diabetic, and in good health, I choose to celebrate my good health to let other young diabetics know that they too can have diabetes and still be healthy.

By the way, I always celebrate my anniversary with my twin sister Jackie and my family…by doing things I don’t normally do….such as splitting New York style Cheesecake with Jackie, after dinner.

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Needless to say, I enjoyed every last bite and I didn’t feel the least bit guilty. 🙂

However, I was a little sad when I realized there was only one bite left, so I did my best to cherish every morsel. 
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The good news is, my sadness didn’t last long…I went home, changed into workout clothes and totally went for a bike ride with my biking partners, Bear and Gracie.  🙂

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The evening is finally over, my bike ride brings it to an end, but once again, I feel blessed to be able to keep on riding.

🙂

P.S. My blood sugar was 102 before eating all this. How cool is this? 🙂

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14th Diabetic Anniversary

Today is my 14th year Anniversary of being a Juvenile Diabetic!!!

And, I am celebrating my Diabetic Anniversary, by splurging a little

Oh my gosh, today was great, it all started when i woke up, obviosuly, i tested my blood sugar and i was 108! That put a big smile on my face‚ what a great way to start my day! haha.
So Mom said, “Happy Anniversary, Mollie! Where do you want to go?”
It was toss between Sonic and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
Since we were already at The District, after an awesome dinner at Lucille’s, and after bolusing early for everything i ate, (just to make sure i could really have my big dessert) i tested‚ and i was 122!!!! I showed mom the tester and we pretty much all smiled, i was really happy!!!!
Jackie and Dad went to Ben and Jerry’s for ice cream, and Mom took me to the Coffee Bean.

I ordered a “regular espresso bean mint chip.”
And Jackie ordered the most sweet kind of ice cream she could find, just so i could taste it..chocolate mint chip. (aww!! how sweet!!)

It was soooooo good!!!

My anniversary was amazing and definately worth celebrating…..14 years of Juvenile Diabetes and no complications so far. Thats cool.  And so, thank you mom, dad, and Jackie for making it so special. I love you!

curemoll, since September 8, 1993

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My Dog’s One Year Diabetic Anniversary

So today marks one year since my Labrador retriever, Bruno, was diagnosed with Diabetes.

My mom, my sister, and I were in Nashville, Tennessee at the time and my dad called mom to tell her that Bruno seemed like he wasnot feeling good, so he took him to the vet. This had been going on for a while before that, where Bruno was just not himself at all…we all knew something was wrong, just not what was wrong.

The vet started to run some tests, and my dad took him to the vet that day, and dad called later that day,and the vet told him the wonderful phrase, “your dog is a diabetic,” So for the past year, we’ve been testing him around 4 to 6 times a day, sometimes more depending on his number.

From time to time, he has major lows and loves his maple syrup.

When his blood sugars are high- he gets very sluggish, tired, and sleeps through the day.

Bruno also, has a “diabetic log” that we write in every time we test him, feed him, exercise, or even if we changed the insulin.

He uses human “Regular‚” and “N‚” (the same kind i used to use when i was on shots when i was younger!) hehe

The dog versions of the insulin don’t absorb as well for Bruno‚ but the insulins we use are working great‚ he’s doing really well‚ sometimes his blood sugars are even better than mine..haha!

I love you Bruno! and Happy Anniversary!!!! i need a picture‚ I’ll post one when we get home from California.

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Juvenile Diabetes

Juvenile Diabetes is an auto-immune disease that affects my ability to make insulin. In my case, my body doesn’t make the hormone called insulin, which is necessary to carry glucose to all the vital organs…so without insulin, a diabetic would die. Type 2 diabetics make insulin but don’t absorb it, so they take medication that helps them absorb it and if that doesnt work, only then wil they go on insulin. But diabetes is where you dont make insulin or dont absorb insulin, like since you dont have diabetes, whenever you eat, your pancreas gives insulin for the food you eat. When a diabetic eats, they have to test their blood sugar, and then figure out how much food they are going to eat, then take enought insulin for the carbohydrates, protein, fat, etc. in the food. I’ve had diabetes since i was 4 and been on insulin shots for 7 years, then went to an insulin pump in 2000 which was great and we’re all just praying and helping support and fund for research to find a cure for diabetes. I could go on and on. but thats basically what juvenile diabetes is.

I am a Juvenile Diabetic, I was diagnosed on September 8th, 1993, at the age of 4, so i’ve had diabetes for almost 13 years. Jackie and I have vowed to help find the cure for this devastating disease to make sure diabetes does not get in the way of our success. i have a Deltec Cozmo Insulin Pump in sea blue.

date i was diagnosed: September 8th, 1993

average number of shots: 10,220

amount of insulin bottles used: 2,398

average number of pump sites: 936 

average number of finger pokes: 52,195

amount of hours spent testing my blood sugar: 1,350

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12 Year Diabetic Anniversary

Happy 12 Year Diabetic Anniversary to me!

September 8, 1993, I was in the hospital trying to figure out what was wrong with me, why I drank gallons of water and still felt thirsty, eating alot of food but losing weight and feeling tired and still having no energy to do anything. The doctors and nurses tested my blood sugarand it was 799. Normal blood sugar is 80-120. My mom, dad and sister and aunt were all there. Dad was there every single night making sure i was safe and alright. He is a doctor too, so that helped having him there. My mom and sister, Jackie, came every morning and stayed until the visiting hours were over. Jackie was the best! She never complained, cried, or wanted to go home. She stayed strong through the whole thing, I love you sooo much Jackie! Thanks for always being here for me!!! I was in the hospital for 10 days. My a1c was 19.3 when i was first diagnosed‚ it’s now around 7.2ish from the last time i tested, which was about 3 months ago. I don’t remember much, but i know Mom was up every night reading every book and online website she could find trying to learn about this chronic disease I had just been diagnosed with. My life as juvenile diabetic for the past 12 years has been a big challenge, but with the strength, hope, courage and determination God has given me to face each day with a smile and positive attitude, I know i can make it through.I‚Äôve also had the awesome opportunity to be involved witht he Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as a volunteer since the age of 6 to testify, lobby and advocate for more funding for diabetes reserach. Thank you for all the support everyone!That means alot to me for you all to be here when i needed you most. My blood sugars were soo good today! i woke up at 111 and before i ate lunch, i was 144. But, I have to change my insulin pump site when i get home‚ and I’m typing this at school right now…why you ask? it hurts soooooo bad..its on my upper back and i really need to change it, every time i bolus, it burns and i can feel the insulin going in..gotta love it right? positive attitude I’m grateful i have an insulin pump.

Curemoll‚ since September 8th, 1993

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Last Day of 11 Years.

Today is the last day of my 11th year of diabetes. This time 12 years ago, my sister, mom, dad, aunt, uncle and grandparents were getting ready to see Wayne Newton’s show that night. All I remember from that night was that Jackie and I wore little white dresses with pink flowers on them and our hair was curled. During the show, all I could think of was how thirsty I was, I kept drinking 7up and water and mom took me to the restroom atleast a dozen times. So it was my last say of being a non-diabetic. I guess we celebrated but never knew what was about to happen and how my whole family’s lives were going to change. So we took a picture at the show and now I have recreated it‚ I’ll post it a little later today! 12 years ago, I didn’t have diabetes. I don’t remember not having it, but I do remember Apple Jacks! Once again, I don’t remember much, but mom said that before I was diagnosed, we went to IHOP and she said that I was so hungry that I would finish my meal, then eat everyone elses. I was starving, and losing weight. I remember that I was so thirsty, it would take me from the time I got a water bottle to the time we went through the door to the car to drink a bottle of water. I was diagnosed on September 8th, 1993. I was hospitalized for 10 days. My A1C was 19.3 and the doctors told us that my blood sugars wouldn‚Äôt be below 200/300 for months, they were wrong. It was a nightmare and I hated being the hospital. Ever since then, I cannot eat orange chewable tablets of any kind.So today, I’m celebrating the last day of my 11th year of diabetes, I will post tomorrow just so you know.

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11 Year Diabetic Anniversary

I was only 4 years old. My family and I were at the Wayne Newton showrooms watching him perform. It was a night I will never forget. I was drinking so much water and regular soda and I had to go the restroom a lot. My blood sugars were high! The next day, my mom knew something was wrong, she just didn’t know what.  We went to the hospital and to make a long story short, my blood sugar was 800. The doctors said that my numbers would be around 200-300 for the next six months.  So, I am writing this journal to remember that 11 years ago today, was the day before I was diagnosed with this wonderful disease.

Tomorrow is my diabetic anniversary.

That is, the day I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, at the age of four on September 9th, 1994. My diabetes has put me through a lot of things. Extra responsibilities, having to carry a bag full of supplies and all the extra stuff that goes with it, but it has also made me stronger and I am so glad I am alive and well. There are lots of memories before and after I was diagnosed, both good and bad.  But I am blessed that I was diagnosed with a disease that I can control and still be alive when I grow up, so I am grateful to have such a wonderful life to live. I am a happy person and smile ALL the time!

When the cure is found, which will be soon, I can have: regular soda, real ice cream, candy bars, without taking insulin, and all kinds of foods without seeing an insulin pump and pushing buttons! Also, when the cure is found, I won’t have to worry my family, or worry that my twin sister may also suffer with this dreadful disease. I won’t have to worry if my kidneys are okay and if my general health is good or bad every time I give blood.  I won’t have to wear my pump and have people wonder what that thing is. I won’t have to change my insulin pump site with an inserter and needle. I won’t have to test my blood sugar 10-15 times a day anymore.

I could be like any normal person and not have to think about my blood sugar every minute of every day.

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