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Published on November 04, 2015

Bailey: 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 with family

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.

Bailey 4

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

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.

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    Lifestyle Balance is the National Diabetes prevention program focusing on reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To be eligible for the program you must be at least 18 years of age, BMI greater than 24 and be at risk for type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle Balance is a comprehensive year long program focusing on nutrition, physical activity, and behavior modification to help you loose at least 7% of your body weight.