November is National Diabetes Awareness month and because diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages, one local family is sharing their story.
On February 27, 2011, Megan Ramon and her family would receive news that would change their lives.
"I took her on it to the ER and they ran what they call a glucose stick, a "d" stick and her blood sugar was around 800," said Pepper Ramon Megan's dad.
Meg was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which develops when the body's immune system destroys cells in the body that create insulin and regulate blood sugar levels. To survive, people with Type 1 Diabetes must have insulin constantly.
"Her first year of diabetes we used insulin shots and she would take around 6-8 shots a day," said Pepper.
Because of medical advances Meg now carries an insulin pump that helps regulate and feeds insulin to her body. Though this was a break through, the Ramon family says this journey is a constant battle.
"If you leave to go anywhere, it's like being prepared for an infant, you have to have a bag full of stuff, she has to have her emergency glucose tablets to take if she's too low, a protein and a carb to eat if she gets too low of too high and needs some protein," said Chrissy Meg's mom.
Through education and with support, Meg has learned to watch for warning signs and to take care of herself and has not let the disease get her down.
When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she replied,
"An endocrinologist, it's a kids diabetes doctor. Sue (her doctor), she's affected my life and made it better."
Her family hasn't lost hope either.
"To find a cure, to be able to one day say, alright baby, to her. You're done, you don't have to wear this anymore, and so that what your hoping for," said Pepper.
With more people being diagnosed with both Type 1 and 2 Diabetes every day, the Ramon family reminds us that it's never a stranger with diabetes, and encourages you to help support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.