Max Wiggins, T1D at 13

Max Wiggins at diagnosis.

Max Wiggins at diagnosis.

Max’s answers

Name, age & school: Max Wiggins, 13, Pleasanton Jr. High

Diagnosis date: December 14, 2014

3 things I wish people knew about T1D:

1. That it’s harder than you think.

2. It leaves marks all over my body.

3. It doesn’t stop me from being the best!

Most asked question: Does it hurt? What is that? (Pointing to tubing for his insulin pump.)

Least favorite question: You are lucky! (When I get to eat a snack in class-not really a question.)

T1D camp attended: Yes, Texas Lions Camp for 5 years in a row.

I made friends that were like me and I learned more about diabetes.

Do you play sports: Baseball and played 7th grade Eagle football this school year.

The Wiggins Family, Jeremy, Tripp, Jenny, Max and Tanner (front).

The Wiggins Family, Jeremy, Tripp, Jenny, Max and Tanner (front).

How do your coaches and teammates help you: The football coaches could tell when I need to check my sugars.

One positive thing about having T1D: Things could be worse and I get to eat snacks!

Best advice for someone just diagnosed with T1D: To be strong and not give up. It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger!

Parents’ answers

Names: Jeremy, Jenny, Max, Tanner and Tripp.

Thoughts the day your child was diagnosed: Why him?

Thoughts today compared to then: Still Why HIM?

3 things you wish people knew about T1D:

1. The uncontrollable effect on the body.

Max Wiggins now.

Max Wiggins now.

2. That the person with diabetes works extra hard, but can do everything like everyone.

3. The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

Least favorite question about T1D: Did he get it because he ate too much sugar?

Best advice for someone just diagnosed with T1D: Stay strong and fight!

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