Learning to test your blood sugar, give yourself an insulin shot, or count carbohydrates isn’t average curriculum for a first grader. But it’s been standard protocol for 17-year-old La Cañada High School senior Remy De Brauwere since she and her family learned the then-6-year-old had type 1 diabetes.
Remy credits her supportive family, helpful physician and the knowledgeable staff at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles with keeping her on track for a healthy life, despite the autoimmune disease that destroyed insulin producing beta cells in her pancreas.
“The diabetes changed my life, but I’m glad it happened at the age it did, because I wouldn’t want to have to change my whole lifestyle and begin this regime at my age,” she said. “Most kids my age drink sugared soda and do things that you’d hate to have to give up. It’s pretty natural for me to live this way now.”