Say Hello To Sarah!
My name is Sarah. I am a sixteen-year-old sophomore from Southaven, MS. At school, I participate in theater, choir, varsity tennis, Student Council, and I previously played on the varsity soccer team.
When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. My mom took me to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. She carried me in because I could no longer hold myself up. I was put in the ICU. My blood sugar was so high they could not get a reading. I spent 5 days at LeBonheur while I learned how to take 4 shots a day, poke my fingers 10-12 times a day, and count every carb I eat. The hardest part of diabetes was discovering that it had no cure and that I would do all this work every single day for the rest of my life. I currently wear an insulin pump which delivers my insulin 24 hours a day. I also wear a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) which is a device with a small tube that senses my blood sugar every 6 minutes and sends the number to my cell phone.
After managing diabetes for 5 years, I began dealing with severe joint pain which eventually led to a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. My arthritis is now in 22 joints and x-rays show that the repeated inflammation has caused erosions in my bones and I have lost some mobility in my neck and right arm.
In an effort to stop the progression of the arthritis which could eventually be crippling, I am taking a form of chemotherapy as well as a biologic. Both of these medications have severe and unpleasant side-effects. I have had to stop playing soccer to limit the wear-and-tear on my joints and I spend a lot of time managing pain and fatigue. I am still working out how to tackle this in the long run.
I enjoy singing in my church choir and praise band. I love Harry Potter and I am passionate about history. My long term goal is to become a historian and work in a museum. I am thankful for the generosity of the Dream Factory and its donors. Thank you all and I have hope that, in the future, I will have a cure for my diseases.