Harlow — Service

Location: Shelton, Nebraska

Living with Type 1 Diabetes is a full time job with no days off. Type 1 Diabetes is a condition where the immune system destroys insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas. I was diagnosed when I was 13 years old. I struggled to put in the proper work in for my failed organ and control my blood sugars for a long time. Finally, In August of 2019 I was given Harlow, my life saving diabetic alert dog! Harlow has saved me countless times in a million ways! The day before I met my hero dog my A1C was bad….it was an 11 (Normal A1C is around 5). The next check-up with my doctor, 3 months after having my hero by my side, my A1C improved to 8! Harlow gives me the ability to be a normal. Having a dog that can smell whenever my blood sugar is changing is a game changer for my diabetes! It is impossible to know what my blood sugar is without constantly checking with a blood test. Harlow was trained to alert whenever my blood sugar is changing a concerning amount, whether it is rising or falling. I struggle with my blood sugars increasing to dangerous levels while I am asleep. I do not wake up during the night, but thankfully I have Harlow to wake me up before the glucose levels become dangerous. She has saved me from many future complications and has regulated my blood sugar. Type 1 Diabetes is very difficult for me to manage alone, but with Harlow by my side it’s simple. Harlow has prolonged my life and is a true hero. Owning Harlow helps me educate others about Type 1 Diabetes!