Chris Boyer of Lytle was diagnosed in 1990 at the age of 3. His wife Desiree is from Pleasanton.
It was a chiropractor who helped with his diagnosis.
“I had really bad scoliosis, so she had to take me to a chiropractor to straighten me out,” said Boyer.
The doctor noticed bruising down his spine and told Boyer’s mother to get her son a urine test. They were advised that if he was taking bathroom trips often, he needed to get checked out and see a pediatrician.
“She went to two different pediatricians to get me checked out after an accident I had at a store,” said Boyer. “They did not want to believe her. I forgot the specifics of it, but she ended up having to wait until the next weekend, by then I was really bad.”
By that time, his sugar levels were extremely high.
In school, Boyer was in activities such as swimming, water polo, track and JROTC.
“I had to be more aware. I started taking control of my diabetes when I was 7. My parents thought it was better for me to go ahead and start dosing myself.”
They wanted him to check his blood sugar and get accustomed to it at a young age. He learned to always have snacks on hand.
He was raised by great parents who taught him, “You’re not like everybody else. You’re going to have to work harder. They come from a family that’s like… There’s always someone bigger and better than you. You always have to keep working.”
Boyer has multiple daily injections because the pump is cost prohibitive. He uses the Dexcom G6 monitoring system.
Being diabetic involves taking care of a lot of things at different levels.
“It’s something that is just always in the back of my head,” said Boyer. “Everybody at my work, they’re real nice and everything. They’re like, ‘Oh here you want some watermelon’ or, a lot of that stuff you’ve got to work on.”
It’s something you never get a break from, he added.
As for his wife, he said he couldn’t ask for a better one. She is part of a support group on Facebook for wives of diabetic spouses. She seeks her husband’s advice when someone in the group is having trouble.
Boyer is part of a few groups for Type 1 diabetics.
Type 1 diabetes aside, he would like people to be more considerate of how they treat others.
“Be a little bit more considerate, because you don’t know exactly … lots of things aren’t visible to everybody.”