At a very young age Hannah started feeling bad, being moody at times and just not quite herself. Mom thought something must be wrong, so she took her daughter to the hospital only to be told that nothing was wrong. Hannah’s grandmother noticed that her granddaughter was drinking a lot more than she had remembered and knew that autoimmune disease actually ran in the family as Hannah’s 17-year-old half sister already had the condition. The family decided they would test Hannah’s sugar levels themselves and found that her levels were over 600. The family immediately took her to the emergency room where her sugar levels had risen to 898, and she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Hannah is on an insulin pump and has her sugar levels tested 6 – 10 times a day.
Despite all that she has been through, Hannah remains strong willed and brave in her everyday life. Hannah loves cheerleading, softball, skating, and enjoys staying very involved with her horses. Due to her condition, Hannah was homeschooled for the first year of her diagnoses, but now this bright girl is back in school and is a very good student. She enjoys being around lots of people and being social as often as she can. Hannah dreams of one day going to Miami to see the crystal blue water and to enjoy shopping like a true VIP of South Florida.