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Jewels was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13, in 1984. In 2007, her five-year-old daughter was also diagnosed with T1D. As a nurse, Jewels shares the many perspectives of life with T1D and what she’s learned over the years—from balancing diets based on the old exchange system, changing technology over the years, to important lessons learned from her daughter. “[My daughter said] ‘You know how diabetes feels for you, but you don’t know how diabetes feel for me.’ I needed to learn how to look at diabetes through the eyes of a 5-year-old, not through my eyes, because it’s not a reflection of how it feels to you inside.”