BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people around the globe and NovemberĀ is recognized as diabetes awareness month.Ā
According to the Division of Diabetes at UAB, research show that in 15 years, 1 out of 5 people will have diabetes in Alabama.Ā
Diabetes is a disease that not just affects the patient, but the whole family.
“It changes everything. You do feel like a train slammed into you,” said Caroline Rose, who lost her daughter Carlie to juvenile diabetes.Ā
The Rose family knows that pain too well.
Their daughter Carlie Rose was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age of 9, and in May 2017, she passed away at the age of 21.Ā
“I think people think diabetes is something you can fix with a diet or with a exercise and those things but diabetes at type 1 is producing something your body doesn’t have, said Benny Rose, Carlie’s father.Ā
The Rose’s said Carlies’ diabetes brought more struggles as she got in her teenage years.Ā
“As aĀ 9 year old we could comfort her but at 15, 16 year she wanted to be a teenager. She wanted to experience life as a child and not have mom and dad worry about her or checking on her,” said Benny Rose.Ā
“She asked herself, ‘Am IĀ popular? Am I the right size? Is my hair the right color?’ Those surface things that affect teenage girls everyday and then you throw diabetes, that makes you different and it’s a life consuming disease that follows you everywhere you go,” said Caroline Rose.Ā
According to Dr. Fernando Ovalle with UAB, it’s common for diabetic young women to have other struggles.
“Sometimes people with type 1 and especially women grow an eating disorder and it goes unrecognized, and depression there is a lot of that,” said Dr. Ovalle.Ā
That’s why the Rose’s are pushing for awareness because another thing they fight for is the high cost of insulin. According to Dr. Ovalle, families could be spending around $500 per month on insulin, not including insurance.Ā
“Ideally we shouldn’t have to go through all these hoops to get that kind of medication. It should be more available. If you don’t take it then you die, simple as that,” said Dr. Ovalle.Ā
Even though Carlie isn’t around to continue her fight, the Rose’s are still fighting for her.Ā
“One fo my goals is to honor her life and remember her and this was a great way to do that,” said Benny Rose.Ā
For more information on the diabetic research going on at UAB, click here.Ā