Battling Type 1 involves a certain kind of prowess you might find in, say, boxing. You bob, weave, come up with a tricky attack plan and somehow, diabetes puts you on the ropes again and again. It is an expensive condition to have. I am 42 and have been a type 1 diabetic since I was 10 years old. I had no control on why I was diagnosed with the disease and I can't undo it. As I am getting older, it gets harder. After 18 years of multiple injections per day, I was over the moon happy when I received my insulin pump in 2004. It helped eliminate those massive amount of injections and aided in calculating dosages, which took some ease off of the multiple things you have to keep track of. Plus being one handed, it just made it easier, which was a blessing.
Life with diabetes is exhausting. I was told at a young age that having diabetes is having a permanent job from which I can never take time off.
Insulin pumps are amazing, but like any technology, they fail after time. And currently my insulin pump is failing. The unfortunate is my warranty has run out, so the only way for me to get it resolved is to purchase a new one. My insurance helps, however, there is still an amount left over that I am responsible for. I have applied for financial aid, reached out for assistance, gone down every avenue, but still have a balance we just can't afford now even with a payment plan. We are squeezed dry. I am reaching out to the community, which is difficult for me to do. I am typically the giver and pains me to be on the receiving end. But with this, I can't waiver and I can't wait any longer. I needed a new one yesterday. The mechanical issues I am experiencing are more frequent and unpredictable and is affecting my blood sugar levels tremendously. And my age and where my body is now requires too many injections to have to give daily. I am trying to avoid hospital stays. We have been hit with so many medical bills. I am reaching out to the community and hoping for a miracle. I would deeply appreciate any help and when my hand heals up from surgery, would love to give back anyway I can.