Age at T1D diagnosis: 6
Thrill–seeking Cheney loves riding WaveRunners (“I think she hit 48 mph last summer on a crystal–smooth Geneva Lake in Wisconsin,” says her dad, who was riding with Cheney.) She also enjoys gymnastics, soccer, tennis and choir. Cheney reflects on her diagnosis: “Life has become more complicated,” she says, “but I am trying to not think about it much and don’t let it get me down.” New developments, like Cheney’s CGM and her insulin pump, help too. “I am taking advantage of the technology available to me. It simplifies things for us,” she says. Cheney gives back by raising funds for her local JDRF Walks and got to host the JDRF Gala. “I got to dress up in a pretty white gown and meet lots of people,” she recalls.