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T1DJ May Featured Spotlight
Naliyah Sellers & Krista Sellers
Mom Krista shares their T1D journey. Naliyah was diagnosed at the age of 5 years old, now 8.
What happened (signs/symptoms) when she diagnosed?
It was the summertime, and she was so thirsty, no amount of water was enough. She was losing weight and was irritated, and we did not know why. The final straw was that she was sleeping way too much. We took her to Children’s because we knew something was not right and they rushed her to a room and that’s when we found out.
How well is her diabetes managed?
Naliyah diabetes is managed pretty well. The diabetes Center at Children’s Hospital have been amazing since Day 1. She wears a pump and a CGM which has made things easier for her.
Has she ever been in DKA? If so, please explain what happened and if she was hospitalized.
She found out she was in DKA the same time we found out that she had Type 1 Diabetes. It was so scary to hear the doctors say that we brought her in at right time and any later would have been too late. She was in ICU for one night and then we went right into the education portion of learning about T1D. It was a lot and now we know what to do to make sure that we avoid DKA.
Do you feel a lack of education in the diabetes community?
I feel like there is a lack of education AND representation in the black community which can be hard for other black people to relate to this disease and feel like they can educate themselves. There are many advocates who are trying to change this and I plan to be one of them!
Share "best practices" and helpful tips if any to help others fighting this disease (if any) We have found that changing her OmniPod pump and her Dexcom CGM at night is much easier for her than doing it during the day. Naliyah gets incentives when she changes her Dexcom for being so brave! I believe giving our T1D kids incentives as they navigate staying healthy is so very helpful. I also believe that not pushing our kids to do anything with their diabetes and helping them throughout the way allows them to not get frustrated. Finding your diabetes tribe is so very important in making sure that you have people who you can relate with. There are many great Facebook groups where you can find awesome information as well as Instagram pages (shoutout to @blackdiabeticgirl, she truly has been such a support and gem in helping us to find a tribe)
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Naliyah Sellers & Krista Sellers
I was diagnosed at the age of 12 years old, now 18.
My passion is a driving force in my life and I will never allow a challenge to get in the way of achieving my dreams. When I was diagnosed I knew this challenge would be a part of my life.
I have had type 1 since age 7; diagnosed and treated at CCHMC. Today, I have an insulin pump to better control and 2 awesome kids. It can definitely be helpful for people to see that with a little work, life can be fairly normal for type 1's.
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