Bekah Vander Stelt's Story


Age: 25-36

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Type One Diabetes + Celiac

Time to Get Diagnosed

T1D a couple days, celiac a few weeks

Year I was Diagnosed

2010 T1D + 2020 Celiac

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Hospital I'd Recommend

Sanford Hospital Sioux Falls, SD

This is my story:

You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. December 14, 2010 at age 15, my life was changed forever. I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. I grew up with no significant health issues and always considered myself a pretty healthy person. I was raised playing sports and at age 13 began dancing for my schools dance team. I had always lived a pretty active lifestyle. But all of that changed with a blink of an eye. Within a span of about 4 days all these random symptoms hit me. From EXTREME thirst to blurry vision, to just being completely worn out. I didn’t think too much of it until my mom pulled me aside one night at church and asked me if I was eating. I was absolutely appalled and confused. WHY on earth would she ask me if I was eating??? Didn’t she see me eat at home? I hadn’t noticed losing weight, but at the time I also NEVER stepped on a scale. so I think we must have just kinda brushed that off. I remember laying in bed that night googling my symptoms. “What does it mean when you have extreme thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, and are fatigued?” I am pretty sure every single one of Google’s responses led me to Type One Diabetes.
I don’t remember the exact timeline of everything but I remember telling my parents that I had diabetes. Neither of them believed me….in fact, my dad called me a “hypochondriac”. (jokes on him 😉 hahah). Neither of my parents really knew much about T1D either so they just didn’t think that could be possible. The next day at school in PE class we went bowling. I remember not being able to see the pins or the scoreboard. Like at all. Maybe I just needed glasses I thought?!? I had always had great vision so I wasn’t sure what was going on. But from the 35+ water bottles overflowing my trash can, to not being able to see, to my mom asking if I was eating, something clearly wasn’t right. That same day, I was in dance 4th block in the middle of high kick practice, I felt like I was going to pass out. When I got home, I made my mom take me to the doctor. My blood sugar was so high (857) that their meter couldn’t read it. I spent 3 night getting poked with IV’s and insulin shots and was given a teeny bit of info before being sent home. That was my first of MANY finger pricks. Here I am, almost 10 years later. I have just recently become proud of who I am-Type One Diabetes and all. I just launched a blog where I share my every day life living with T1D. You can also follow my instagram @bekah_vs. I have learned to love myself medical devices and all. I have Type One Diabetes but Type One Diabetes doesn’t have me!

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Domino By Jesse J
I never leave home without my:
My go-to feel better movie is: 
The Notebook
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Justin Bieber or Zac Efron
When I need to relax, I:
take a nap
My favorite food is:
The quote that keeps me going is:
"Life is tough, but so are you"
When I need a laugh, I:
hang out with my friends
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
Maverick the mini golden doodle
My hero is:
my mamma
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
Gossip Girl
My favorite book to get lost in is:
The Bible
I want to be best friends with:
too many to name
The thing I’m most proud of:
overcoming the mental trauma from T1D
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
I met my husband
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
Lots of funnyyyy things happen to me
It really means a lot when someone does this:
Thinks about me
My favorite social media account to follow is:
anything diabetes or fashion related
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
You are strong
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
Don't let diabetes become who you are
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