Type I Diabetes: The Impact on a Teenager’s Life

Kendall Browning, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., is a 13-year-old teenager who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was 9-years-old.  This disease has impacted her living a normal teenager’s lifestyle because she has to be mindful of how she feels and addresses the concerns everyday. Unfortunately, Kendall is not alone in the battle of living with Diabetes. There are as many as three million Americans who have Type 1 Diabetes, a disease most often diagnosed in childhood that strikes suddenly, lasts a lifetime, and carries that constant threat of kidney failure, blindness, amputation, pre-mature heart disease or stroke. This is the kind of diabetes, where the pancreas  discontinues producing insulin to regulate blood sugar normally. This brave teenager lives her life with a positive mindset and  she will not let diabetes defeat her.

Kendall Browning is a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla. who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9 years-old in March 2010. Kendall and her mother Helen Browning are in their kitchen going over the medical supplies they need to have in the home. Her mother has had to adjust to a life of patience, understanding and consistent monitoring 24/7 to ensure her daughter is medically safe. “The impact of this disease has brought us closer together as a family” said Helen. (Photo by: Karen León)

Kendall Browning is a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9-years-old in March 2010. Kendall and her mother Helen Browning are in their kitchen going over the medical supplies they need to have in the home. Her mother has had to adjust to a life of patience, understanding and consistent monitoring 24/7 to ensure her daughter is medically safe. “The impact of this disease has brought us closer together as a family” said Mrs. Browning.
(Photo by: Karen León)

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Kendall Browning is a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9-years-old in March 2010. The daily life for a juvenile diabetic is not an easy one. Every day Kendall has to stop and test her blood to check her sugar levels on an average of 10 times. She has to count each and every carbohydrate and must take life saving insulin when eating. (Photo by: Karen León)

Type I Diabetes: The Impact on a Teenager’s Life

Kendall Browning is a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9-years-old in March 2010. Kendall is required to use a variety of medical supplies on a daily basis to monitor her blood sugar levels and administer insulin as needed. It is important that these medical supplies are stored in a container to ensure they are disposed of properly. (Photo by: Karen León)

Type I Diabetes: The Impact on a Teenager’s Life

Kendall Browning, a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9-years-old in March 2010. Kendall has an insulin pump that is connected to an inserted infusion set in her right thigh. For the most part, Kendall has the insulin pump connected to her 24/7. Insulin is not a cure, but it is what keeps her alive. (Photo by: Karen León)

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Kendall Browning is a 13-year-old teenager from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was 9-years-old in March 2010. Kendall has been participating in the “Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes” at Fort DeSoto Park, in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the past three years. Kendall has raised almost $5,000 to assist in finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. She has handled this disease with amazing courage. (Photo by: Karen León)

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