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Ely Fornoville

After many years of poor self care and enduring many challenging diabetes complications, I am trying my hardest to take optimal care of my health. One of my biggest motivators is the blessing of my amazing 6 year old son. I was diagnosed at 12 years old with diabetes type 1 just 3 days shy of Halloween. For the first couple of years my diabetes was under strict control by my mother.

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Ely Fornoville

We are sisters and type 1 Diabetics. Margaret was diagnosed at 11 years old and has had type 1 diabetes for 11 years. Anna was diagnosed at 21 years old and has had type 1 diabetes for 4 years. We grew up in South Carolina and are super fortunate to have both parents in the medical field who somewhat understood type 1 diabetes whenever Margaret was first diagnosed. Margaret had been a type 1 diabetic for 8 years whenever Anna was diagnosed so we were able to help each other and learn more together.

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Ely Fornoville

I was born and raised in South Carolina. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on January 13th 1988, attended college in North Carolina, was a golf professional for 10 years, got married to my now husband in July 2013 and I am in the process of adopting 2 kids through our local County Agency. We live on just over 4 acres in Woodstock, Georgia, participate in our local community in several ways and attend church at Ebenezer UMC.

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Ely Fornoville

I was diagnosed when I was 19 years old. I love writing, traveling, meeting new people, sports, and the outdoors. I especially love interacting with the T1 community! Didn’t grow up with diabetes – but even at 19/20 years old it took me a long time to not hide my diabetes. I have truly become much more outspoken and I love sharing my story now.

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Ely Fornoville

I was diagnosed when I was 22 years. I believe it may have been LADA so I had it unknowingly a long time and it kind of crept up more prominently. I managed (not very well) at first by just following Dr guidance. Though I was happy at the time to have a ‘resolution’ after so many years of health issues. I still don’t advertise my diabetes often and used to outright hide it.

Ely Fornoville

I was diagnosed when I was 11 months. I managed very poorly. I was resentful. My sister got it as well and we were the only diabetics we knew growing up. It was scary and hard for my mom to handle on her own with no support, and having kids who know what they need to do but most of the time just wouldn’t was very exhausting. Hid it when I could, but people figured it out regardless.

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Ely Fornoville

I was diagnosed when I was 7. I was often embarrassed that I was different from all of the kids around me. I didn’t want people to know because then they would always ask me “Oh, how’s your sugar?” or “Oh, did you eat too much candy when you were little?”. They are such frustrating questions. I still sometimes hide it. My mom was my biggest supporter. She would wake up every 2 hours to make sure my sugar levels were okay.