I am a twenty-three year old diabetic cancer survivor, but all of my dreams still came true.
When I was nine years old my parents took me to the hospital after my blood sugar read 500. That’s the day my entire world changed. I was diabetic. I learned to live with it … it was really no big deal after a while. It’s actually kind of nice sometimes. I can blame almost anything on my diabetes. What I didn’t know at the time was that doctors told my parents that being pregnant and having a healthy baby would be very difficult for me.
Then, when I was about fourteen I learned that I had Hodgkin’s disease (a form of cancer). I thought being diabetic was bad, but boy was I wrong. I went through a lot at a young age. Chemo and radiation really took a toll on me. I didn’t go to school while I was on chemo, I had a tutor come to my home twice a week. It was rough, but I made it through. I thought the worse part of having cancer was losing my hair. I couldn’t face the kids at school with a bald head. It was bad enough that I was already shy and had a hard time talking to many people, now I couldn’t even stand being near many people. My parents got me a wig. It was alright, but everyone knew. I learned who my true friends were during this time. After I was cured, I thought life would just go on as it had before. I didn’t know all of the things the doctors told my parents at the time.
When I was seventeen years old I met the man I was going to marry, Tom. His aunt and my mom are best friends. They hooked us up at my dad’s fortieth birthday party. It was a night I will never forget. It was so AWKWARD! Tom and I did everything together for the next couple of years and decided to get married. I was nineteen and he was twenty-one. Yeah, we were young, but we were more mature than others our age. We weren’t into going out every night and partying. We were just into spending quiet evenings with each other watching movies. A couple years later I decided to quit taking my birth control and the next month I was pregnant! I was so excited. Tom was outside feeding cows and I took my little stick out there in my coat pocket and showed him. He didn’t really believe it because I got the pregnancy test at a dollar store. That night we made a trip to Wal-mart to get the “real” thing—once again it came back positive.
When we told my parents they were in shock. That’s when they told me all of the things that the doctors had told them. They thought I would never be able to get pregnant. When I went to see my chemo doctor he was amazed too. He was almost certain that my ability to get pregnant was gone after chemo. It was rough being diabetic and pregnant too. Your insulin needs to be changed all the time! Tom and I made weekly trips to the doctor. All of the hard work was worth it though. We came home with the most beautiful, healthy baby girl! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Nothing is impossible!!!