All in the Family: Jennifer Delgado

By American Diabetes Association

Does diabetes run in your family? It does in many—most often with type 2 diabetes, but sometimes with type 1.

No matter the type, we wanted to hear from our Facebook fans how diabetes can affect the different generations of a family. All week long, we will feature their stories!

Name: Jennifer Delgado
Location: Sacramento, Calif.

You could say diabetes runs in my family! My maternal grandmother, my mother and I all have had type 1. And my 10-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with MODY (maturity-onset diabetes of the young).

My grandmother was diagnosed at age 21. Before that, the only other family member with diabetes was a distant uncle, so it would seem that the trend may have started with her. My mother and I were both diagnosed with type 1 at age 13. And then there is my daughter, who does not show the antibodies for type 1. Her blood glucose numbers are not normal, but her body is still producing insulin.

It never crossed my mind that I would develop diabetes, until it happened. As a matter of fact, my mother was told that it would probably skip the next generation. Growing up, I thought taking a shot every day was a normal thing. Though when I was very little, it was definitely scary to see her have some serious cases of low blood glucose (needing to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance).

My mother and I were extremely close. She taught me how to take my insulin shots, helped me keep it regulated and helped me cope. She would tell me that I have diabetes, but diabetes doesn’t have me. However, both my grandmother and mother were hit hard by diabetes. When they were first diagnosed, there were not as many advances in medicine and education, so they had to be very strict with their control. They just didn’t know enough to give themselves the best care. Unfortunately, they had serious cardiovascular issues related to diabetes; both had heart attacks and strokes and died too young.

So far, I am the only one who hasn’t seen any impact from diabetes complications. I saw how it affected them, and I am determined to not allow it to control me.

And then I had children of my own. I worried about my son, my oldest child, developing diabetes. When he hit puberty, I started having him tested regularly, but he has no signs of it. He is now 17 and other than asthma he is in good health.

Then there is my daughter, who at the beginning of the year told me for several nights in a row that she was extremely thirsty. No amount of water could ease the thirst. So I tested her with my glucose monitor and her level was 270. The next morning it was 150. I immediately got her into the doctor, and we got her diagnosis. I hope that diabetes stops with her.

So if diabetes runs in YOUR family, be sure to get regularly tested or monitored for it. You just never know.


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About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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