At 6-years-old, Aubrey Behrens is as tough as they come. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes three years ago, Aubrey learned how to understand and manage her condition at a young age.
Jeremy and Elizabeth, Aubrey's parents, first became concerned for their daughter when they noticed she was frequently urinating and always asking for something to drink. Aubrey also had not grown in over a year. When they brought her in to see her provider, they received the news of her diagnosis.
"There have definitely been ups and downs," said Elizabeth. "But, Aubrey quickly became very aware of her diabetes."
Over the past couple years, Aubrey has had to check her blood sugar four to six times a day, getting insulin injections four to five times a day. However, this past August, she did get an insulin pump, and now, she's able to change her pump site every three days and continue to check her blood sugar four to six times a day.
"Aubrey checks her own blood sugar and puts the numbers into her pump with our assistance," said Elizabeth. "She knows the signs when she's running high or low and how to treat herself when either of those occurs."
Described as laid-back and caring, Aubrey loves to learn, and although sometimes shy about her daily routine, she willingly shows others what needs to be done to manage her diabetes. Aubrey often follows her injections by saying, "It doesn't even hurt."
Her family, including sister, Scarlett, and little brother, Will, couldn't be more proud of Aubrey's attitude and outlook through this lifelong journey.
"We try to make sure Aubrey feels like every other kid and knows she is not different than anyone else," said Elizabeth. "She's truly been an inspiration to all family and friends."