Kayla Brown

By January 8, 2011Fresh Air Blog

Q. Where are you from?

A. I was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario! I go to school in London, Ontario but, by far, Brantford is where I call home.

Q. What’s your Story?
A.
I was diagnosed with diabetes on March 13th, 2009 and have been living with diabetes for just over one year. I began managing my diabetes using injections but have recently become a pumper!

I am currently going to school at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and will be attending Kings/Western University in the Fall of 2011.

My hobbies include doing anything creative (especially scrapbooking and writing). I also like to run! My entire family–my fifteen-year-old sister, Abby; my mom, Donna; and my Dad, Mike–have all participated in Connected in Motion events, as has my boyfriend of a year and a half, Clinton! I also have some awesome friends (like Sam and Michelle!) who like to come out to events as well. I have an amazing team of supporters!

I believe that I have been given a great opportunity because of my diabetes to reach out to so many other diabetics around the world through my blog (check it out at http://kaylaslifenotes.blogspot.com)

I have also been featured in my local newspaper a few times which has allowed me to express just how much diabetes has changed me (in a good way!)

Q. What was your insulin regime like when you were first diagnosed with diabetes?
A.

When I was first diagnosed I was put on Nova Rapid and Lantus.  I would take Nova Rapid with meals and my ratio was 15 grams/1 unit and I believe my Lantus which I took around 10:30 p.m was 12 units.  Of course, the Lantus dosage became larger with time, but overall the basal remained the same for awhile until I got an insulin pump in July 2010.  I have a Medtronic Paradigm MiniMed and just use Nova Rapid at a rate of 1 unit per 10 grams of carbs (which is something new I just adjusted too).  As far as basal I take about .75 of a unit an hour.   Overall, my insulin regime has improved to say the least!

Q. What are the top 5 songs on your iTunes?
A.
Moment 4 Life – Nicki Minaj
Coming Home – Diddy ft. Skylar Grey
Hello –  Martin Solveig &Dragonette
Avril Lavigne – What the Hell
Knock Out – Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne

Q. What keeps you ‘In Motion’?

A. I credit being diagnosed with diabetes just over a year ago for pushing me to become a better and more involved person. Before my diagnosis, I was no where near as active and involved as I am now.  Since being diagnosed with diabetes, I have competed in two 5k adventure races, played in a beach volleyball tournament and met a lot of amazing people!

To stay active, I like to run and ride my bike.  I also enjoy rock climbing and just simply playing around outside!  You can often find me outside hiking on trails or just playing around with a ball.

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Keep up to date on my adventures by following my blog at: http://kaylaslifenotes.blogspot.com/