Meet Ainsley Osborn, a bright and loving 13 year old.
From the looks of it she’s just a normal teenager. However there’s one thing that sets her apart from her friends. She has Type 1 diabetes.
“It’s where my pancreas doesn’t work and it’s completely shut down, and it can never work again,” said Ainsley Osborn. “I am insulin depended and I am on a pump.”
Four years ago Ainsley was diagnosed and it took everyone by surprise. “At first I had no clue what diabetes was so I thought oh my gosh my life is over.”
“I was devastated. I blamed myself because I didn’t know she was sick,” said Ainsley’s Mother, Shelly Osborn. “I was terrified because I didn’t know what was happening. I just knew she was really, really sick, and they wanted to lifeline her to Indianapolis.”
Ainsley and her mother spent five days at Riley Hospital learning everything they could about the disease.
“When you first start out it is very overwhelming. You do a minimum of 10 finger pricks a day to check their blood sugar. Because they want to be able to adjust their insulin dosages accordingly so that they can start bring those numbers down and get them under control,” said Mrs. Osborn.
Things have calmed down since that day. Now, they both understand more, however there is still frustration. “Some days I just don’t want to deal with it at all. It just really upsets me that I have it because I can’t do anything about it to not have it,” said Ainsley.
Each day Ainsley checks her blood sugar several times. “There is no guide book that prepares you for this or what your life is going to be like when you have this, but type 1 diabetes is totally manageable,” said Mrs. Osborn.
Even though there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, that doesn’t stop Ainsley from living life to the fullest. “I don’t let diabetes get in the way.”
This athlete, Student Council President, and School Ambassador for her middle school. Isn’t letting anything get her down.
“I can’t let that get the best of me cause I know I can do it. I know I can get through.”