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By: World Diabetes  09-12-2011
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World Diabetes Day » Champions

I nominate my 14 year old son Trevor. Trevor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 4 days before Christmas 2005 at the age of 8.

I was always proud of my child as any mother can be, but I never realized his strength, maturity at early age and his positive attitude till that day….the minute we found out and were checked into the ER our world changed. I felt like the walls were closing in on me, but not him….not my son.

He never complained about the needles, he wanted to learn everything about his disease and taking care of himself. I never saw him cry the first week in the hospital. He was strong and he was the one who was there for me. If it wasn’t for Trevor and his attitude I don’t know how we would survive the first months after his diagnoses.

My strong 8 year old boy left the hospital doing his own insulin shots and checking his on BG.

On December 23rd we were given few hours pass to do some shopping and see if he feels comfortable to be discharged. Instead of asking for Christmas presents Trevor asked me to buy toys and games for sick children so he can put them under the Christmas tree at the Pediatrics. I was so proud.

Trevor was discharged on Christmas morning 2005. Ever since then he had many ups and down. He had to deal with bullying due to diabetes. He stop getting invitations to birthday parties and sleepovers. He was penalized by our local minor hockey he played for, he was dragged across the school by a teacher after he went unconscious.

Despite it all Trevor grew up to be a strong and self- confident teenager with Type 1 diabetes. He is going through a rebellious streak right now, but he tries very hard to do what he can with what he was given.

I am nominating my son today, because I want him to know how proud I am of him….how proud we all are of him and that he is truly my hero and my rock.

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Diabetes never stopped me from doing anything I wanted and I lived my life according to my whims and wishes. I couldn’t accept that I would have to inject myself with a foreign substance in order to stay alive. Then one day I decided to travel and people told me, “you can’t travel to South America. It has been almost 30 years since I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes. I was seventeen years old at the time and quite a rebel.