Greetings from the Gleason Family! We have been working hard on planning our trip and continuing to buy some gear. I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to my little spit fire named Abigail!
Abigail is 9 years old and is full of life. She is a sweet heart and full of happiness. Abigail has T1d and is a warrior as she kicks diabetes butt every day.
Gleason Family Adventure: Are looking forward to our backcountry hike?
Abigail: Yes, It’s going to be fun. I think the family time will be the best part.
Gleason Family Adventure: What is the most exciting thing you’ve seen on our day hikes?
Abigail: I think seeing a bear was the best thing ever. (At this point, every one of the kids has said this!!)
Gleason Family Adventure: What is your favorite thing to do on day hikes?
Abigail: I like being in the front when we are hiking. It makes me feel like an explorer and I feel in charge of the hike. My family has nicknamed me Kermit because I am hopping all over the place on the trail.
Gleason Family Adventure: Is there anything you don’t like about hiking?
Abigail: I would not like to be mauled by a bear.
Gleason Family Adventure: How do you deal with diabetes on the trail?
Abigail: I take my insulin with me, my supplies for my pump, and my glucometer. I take a lot of snacks for possible low blood sugars.
I check my blood sugar on the trails when I feel wobbly, hungry or I am being mean. This helps me see where my blood sugars are and I can make changes that are needed to help me feel better.
If I feel hungry or wobbly, I am probably having a low blood sugar and if I am feeling mean I am having a high blood sugar. I check my blood sugar with a glucometer to determine what is going on and what I need to do to feel better.
Gleason Family Adventure: Does diabetes hold you back in your adventuring?
Abigail: NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! If diabetes held me back I could not go on this amazing trip. I never let diabetes get in my way. I take care of myself and bring everything I need. My mom and dad help me a lot too.
Gleason Family Adventure: Is there anything you want to share?
Abigail: I do gymnastics and it helps me be flexible when I am out adventuring!
After that last question she bounded out of here to get here BOUNCES out! She really was confident as she talked about her diabetes. I am always amazed at her resiliency. Abigail just lives life to the fullest and you’d never know she deals with this disease.
Thanks or stopping by and reading!