Lafayette students talk diabetes diagnosis

LAFAYETTE — Emily Toepfer gives herself a needle filled with insulin six times a day, but it doesn’t bother her.

“I get asked a lot if shots hurt, and personally, they don’t because I have had to do it for such a long time,” she said.

Emily, a seventh grader at Lafayette Township School, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, or T1D, as a fifth grader on Sept. 29, 2014.

Her blood sugar, or blood glucose, level had reached 734 mg — general medical guidelines are between 70 mg upon waking and less than 140 mg after eating — and she was rushed to the hospital.

“The doctors told me they couldn’t believe I was still alive,” Emily said.

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