This is tough. I cannot even begin to express my love for this person. She is amazing and I do not say that lightly.
What makes Jaimie so mega special is her abilty to stay humble. I met Jaimie Hernandez several years ago on the same weekend I met many other PWD's. That weekend was pretty surreal and I have already written about one of those people this month.
Jaimie is one of the greatest advocates I know. She is always connecting people to one another so they can find the support they need. Parents of kids with diabetes often reach out to her and she connects them with other parents so they can support one another.
Oh and I should mention the time she saved a strangers life? So she is surfing around Craig's List for diabetes stuff and finds a guy selling stuff to raise money for his coffin since he was sure he was going to die! In his post he mentioned he has really bad diabetes and doesn't think he is going to make it so to not leave his wife and family with the burden of paying for his funeral he was selling all his stuff.
Jaimie reached out the guy and he explained that every few days he is back in the ER with DKA. Jaimie asked him what type of diabetes he had and he said he was recently diagnosed with type 2 but none of the drugs seem to work. After a few more questions Jaimie was pretty sure this twenty something was either Type 1 or LADA. Either way with him going home and the next day coming in DKA seemed at least enough to ask the doctors to check to be sure he was not type 1.
She went to the hospital and brought him a machine and strips which he didn't have money for and told him to ask about type 1. When he was in the hospital they gave him insulin, got his bg where it needed to be and sent him home. By the end of the next day he was already going back to the ER. It amazes me that they did not figure this out but oh well.
The young man told the doctor, was diagnosed with type 1, and left the hospital feeling better than he had in a long while. Not to mention he didn't need to sell all his stuff for a funeral.
Jaimie advocates like I wish I did. She gets out there offline and helps. And yet she doesn't shine a light on herself. She let's her light shine out onto others. And when she does those people are blessed to have her in their lives.
Thank you so much for all you do for the diabetes community Jaimie. Both online and offline. You are a major hero for me and I love you lots!
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