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A Day in the Life with Diabetes

Every 19 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes and 84,000 Montanans currently live with the disease. Managing type 1 or type 2 diabetes can be challenging. Take a glimpse into a day in the life of a few of our patients with diabetes and see how they not only manage the disease, but live life to the fullest.


Bailey Renova was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 9 years old. At first it was terrifying, but slowly she figured out how to live with the disease. It has changed her life and made it a little harder, but it has made her stronger.

In 2012, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to Bozeman. She got her first teaching job at a small school teaching 4th and 5th grade. Things are changing quickly though. They are excited to be expecting a baby in April of 2016. The amount of work it takes to care for diabetes has increased greatly, but she has never had a better reason to take care of herself. When she got pregnant she was at a 5.7 A1C and that has made them feel better.

Her husband has always been an absolute blessing. He wakes up at night with blood sugars, reminds her to bolus, encourages healthy habits, and goes to all appointments. With a little one on the way, he is only getting more helpful. They have so much to be thankful for, including an amazing support team of her husband, family, doctors, and diabetes management team. Diabetes is hard, but you can live out the life you imagined with a little extra work.

Bailey with family

My husband, brother and I - my family, including these two, help me take care of my diabetes! My mom and husband are the best! Heading off to a dinner...where I will count carbs and bolus 20 minutes before I eat.

Bailey 1

Calibrating my Dexcom when I
get to work in the morning.

Bailey 2

My lunches and all meals are very
strategically planned now that we
have a baby on the way.

Bailey 3

I use the Tandem T-Slim pump!
I have also used the Medtronic pump.
Insulin pumps changed the way I care
for my diabetes.

Bailey 4

We like to keep active! My Dexcom
and pump always come with!
(Along with gummy candy for lows)


Evan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 10 months old. He presented with a low grade fever, lethargy, and increased thirst. His blood sugar was in the 900s and he spent a few days in the hospital after diagnosis. Because of the very small amounts of insulin he was getting, Evan was transitioned to pump therapy at 1 year old and has been doing wonderful ever since. He does often struggle with the whys of diabetes and checking blood sugars, shots and changing sites. His brother and friends at school watch out for him and can often identify if he is having a high or low blood sugar. His brother is 10 and is great with watching out for his little brother while at school or on the bus.

Evan loves wrestling, baseball, and soccer. He also loves riding his motorcycle and competing in hillclimbs in the summer. He has taken several 1st place trophies in hillclimbing and wrestling.

Evan is a healthy 8 year old boy, we just have to monitor him more closely with activity and eating to balance blood sugars.

Evan 1

Evan 2

Evan 3

Evan 4

Evan 5

Evan 6

Evan 7

Evan 8

Evan 9

Jennifer and Jim

When Jennifer found out she was pre-diabetic, she knew it was time for a change. She’s watched diabetes take a toll on her husband Jim’s life. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a young adult. With Jim’s support she turned her life around, joined the Billings Clinic Lifestyle Balance program, lost 70 lbs and jumped into a healthy routine. Here is a day in the life of Jennifer and Jim.

Jim with kids - Diabetes Every 19 Seconds Campaign

This is why we live a healthy lifestyle, our family.

Going for a morning walk.

Going for a morning walk.

Jim and Jennifer hit the gym.

Jim and Jennifer hit the gym.

Jim's 11:30 am blood sugar check.

One of Jim's many blood sugar checks.

Jim's Lunch

Jim's Lunch.

Jen's Lunch

Jen studies with a healthy lunch.

Jim checks his insulin pump.

Jim checks his insulin pump.

Jen grocery shopping.

Jen grocery shopping.

Evening walk at the dog park.

Evening walk at the dog park.

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Your primary care physician will determine if you need to see a diabetes specialist.

Contact us:

Call our HealthLine nurses
406-255-8400 or 1-800-252-1246

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