Talking Type 1: Revé Anderko

By American Diabetes Association

Think type 1 diabetes is just for kids? Think again.

Because it was thought to only strike children and teens, type 1 was known as juvenile diabetes for a long time. The truth is a growing number of adults are being diagnosed with it in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

All week long, we will present stories from adults who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, describing the emotions and frustrations that came with their experiences. Each person defines success in different ways, but they all celebrate the triumphs that have helped them reach their goal of living well with diabetes.

Name: Revé Anderko
Age: 27 (diagnosed at 21)
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.

I was a 21-year-old college senior when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on Nov. 25, 2008. My whole life changed instantly—and forever.

I experienced all the textbook symptoms two weeks leading up to my diagnosis: excessive thirst, constantly tiredness, frequent urination. I didn’t think anything of it, just thought I was catching a cold. All of a sudden my vision started to get blurry. I had trouble reading my textbooks and the board in my lecture hall.

My family doctor suggested I get blood work drawn. I went in on the 24th and was told I wouldn’t hear my results until later in the week because of Thanksgiving. That night, my parents received a phone call from my doctor saying my blood glucose was over 800mg/dL and they needed to get me to the hospital as soon as possible. My parents picked me up from college and took me there.

The next morning an endocrinologist came in to my hospital room and told us that I have type 1 diabetes. Based on the results of my blood tests, there was no doubt about the type of diabetes.

People sometimes ask if diabetes runs in my family, but the truth is I don’t know. I was adopted at 4 months old and do not know any of my family medical history.

Even being diagnosed as an adult, I was able to change my lifestyle. I educated myself about the disease by reading books and information provided by my endocrinologist. I learned and became proactive about testing my blood glucose, injecting myself with insulin, carbohydrate counting and staying physically active.

It amazed me how quickly I adapted to my new lifestyle while trying to enjoy my senior year of college at the same time. I have become more disciplined, responsible and self-aware of my body and health. And I’m happy!

I don’t let diabetes stop me. I continue to be the outgoing, hardworking woman that I have always been. I’m open about my diabetes and I want others to be more aware about the disease. I can’t believe I just passed my six-year mark!


Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

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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