Meet the 2014 Mankato Walk Ambassador – Kylie Black

Meet Kylie

19 days before my 6th birthday in 2008 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  I remember always having to go to the bathroom and wanting something to drink all the time.  I remember staying in the hospital and always having needles around.  I was scared and didn’t understand what was going on.

Now almost 6 years later, I understand my life is different in many ways, but people still treat me the same as others.  I always have to check my blood sugar, program my pump to give me insulin and count EVERY carb. I eat.  I have been on a pump now for almost 4 years, which allows me to be more like a normal kid.  No more shots for me.  Now I wish I didn’t have to prick my finger to check my blood sugars every day over 6 times a day.

My family and I started our team, “Kylie’s Krew” in 2009 and have walked at ADA Mankato’s Step out ever since.  We have a great crew that walks with us every year.  I, myself have been a cure club member 3 times.  Each year we set a goal of raising money and have made that goal plus more.Please join me and “Kylie’s Krew” in Oct as we walk to stop diabetes.  Register today at www.diabetes.org/mankatostepout. One day I hope we raise enough money to find a cure for all of us living and supporting those people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Kylie Black

 

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