By DANZA JOHNSON / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – While most 13-year-old girls are worrying about shoes, clothes and boys, Lauren Hill has far more important things on her mind – her health.
Hill was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, and ever since that day, maintaining her health has been a full-time job, one the teen has taken in stride.
Everyday, often having to be reminded by her parents Brian and Debra, Lauren wakes up and checks her blood sugar. Lauren wears an insulin pump and has to make sure everything is operating properly, but none of that has stopped her from just being a teenager.
Brian Hill said his daughter has adjusted to her disease better than he and Debra Hill have.
“She doesn’t complain, she doesn’t seem to be too bothered by all the work it takes to stay healthy for her,” he said. “She checks her blood sugar at least four times a day and handles things accordingly. She has been amazing through all of this. A lot stronger and more responsible than you’d expect a 13-year-old to be.”
Lauren showed her strength and endurance by competing in and completing her first 5k run at the Diabetes Dash 5k a few weeks ago. Lauren finished the race along with her parents.
Visibly tired and worn from the run, Lauren conquered the more-than-three-mile run just like she plans to do her disease.
“It’s not easy, but I think I can handle it,” the teen said. “I know what to do to take care of myself and I try my best to do it.”
She recently did her history project on the history of insulin. Her parents said since being diagnosed, their daughter has been more curious about diabetes and has learned a lot about the disease.
The thing Lauren wants people to know is that she is just like every other teenager out there.
“I want to be treated the same,” she said. “No different from anyone else.”
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