Six years ago, I was having an enjoyable lunch with my mother-in-law and son, who was 2 years old at the time. It was a day like any other, and I felt fine. My blood sugar was really low, but I didn’t know it was falling because I didn’t have any hypo
symptoms. Very suddenly, I passed out. The next thing I remember was paramedics standing over me, and I had no idea what happened. The idea that something like that could happen to me without any warning, especially if I was alone with my son—was terrifying.
Soon after this event, I started researching continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
systems, and went to see my endocrinologist to let her know I needed to try it. I trialed the Dexcom CGM System for a week and that’s all I needed. I was convinced that wearing this device was going to be life-changing for me. That was in May 2010, and I’ve been on it ever since, through every generation of the system.
I have the Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System now, and I’m really seeing how it’s helped put more flexibility in my life. I absolutely love the reports I can get from Dexcom CLARITY™. The first page summary report is exactly what I need to quickly get an idea of how I’m doing with glycemic control. The reports are also easy to understand, and I’m able to easily make adjustments to the basal rates on my pump based on the historical patterns I’m seeing.
In 2011, I went through an especially transformative experience. Diabetes Sisters was having a conference in North Carolina and I was able to attend. For the first time, I was surrounded by a room full of women who understood what the diabetes journey is like. I stayed in touch with this amazing organization after that event, and became a full-time staff member in 2012 and was thrilled and honored to become CEO in 2015.
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