Type 1 Diabetes has played a significant role in my family’s life. It started back in the 80’s when my 17 year old brother was diagnosed with this disease. Telling a teenage boy that he must check his blood sugar every few hours, monitor his diet and take insulin injections multiple times daily was not something that went over easily. I can remember my mom reading every book she could get her hands on regarding life with diabetes, and the frustration she went through trying to get my brother to comply to his new way of life.
I didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of my brother’s diagnosis, and what it really meant until August 17, 2000 when my baby girl was rushed to the ER, slipping into a coma with a blood sugar over 1000. Yes, my precious 17-month-old baby girl was also diagnosed with this terrible autoimmune disease. My world was rocked, and after a week in the hospital, we were sent home with this child who now had a life threatening illness that my husband and I were in charge of managing. Imagine pricking your baby’s fingers up to 10x a day so that you know their blood sugar level, or watching your baby have a seizure because their blood sugar has dropped dangerously low. Imagine……… insulin shots 4x a day and hugging your baby after each one because they don’t understand why a mommy and daddy who loves them so much would hurt them.
My daughter is now almost 15 years old and is healthy and completely responsible for her diabetes. Sure, my husband and I still check on her during the night, and we still take an active role in her health, but she has learned to manage her diabetes and be responsible for her own health. It has been a long road filled with many tears of frustration and sleepless nights, but she is truly a hero in our eyes. She is a straight A student, athlete, and musician who has not let diabetes hold her back. Our dream is for a CURE! Diabetes is a disease that never takes a break. It is a 24/7, 365 days a year disease.
November is National Diabetes Month, and I am sharing with you this tasty sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe that has been in my family for years. Everyone wants a piece of pumpkin pie on turkey day so why not make this for your favorite diabetic or someone that is watching their sugar intake. My family supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and appreciates their efforts in raising awareness of this fast growing disease. If you want more information on diabetes, you can visit: stop diabetes.com or jdrf.org.
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground clove
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
3/4 cup Splenda granular
1- 9 inch unbaked pie shell
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine all pie ingredients and pour into pie crust. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes. Cool and top with whipped cream. Serves:8