November is National Diabetes Month, and the goal is to educate the public about the disease. Technological advances have changed the way people with Diabetes live and one way is through a healthy pregnancy.
Michelle Hamilton was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11. But with advances in technology, her every day routine has changed.
"The insulin pump has made a world the difference. You can live and eat and do almost anything you want within parameters," says Hamilton.
As a young girl, Hamilton was told she would probably never be able to have children because of her diabetes.
"If the blood sugars are high in the mother, that goes right into the baby and then the baby grows too fast and then we have large babies or we have birth defects that are formed because that balance isn't there," says Jan Hollingworth, Billings Clinic Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse.
But times have changed.
"There are so many more tools and technologies that we can help people live better with their diabetes."
"To me, it's a miracle that it's changed just in my lifetime that's made it a possibility," says Hamilton.
The need for insulin varies per trimester. That's why the technology Billings Clinic provides is essential for Hamilton, who lives in rural Wyoming.
"The technology was available that allowed us to communicate weekly what my blood sugars were doing, what changes were occurring," says Hamilton.
And after nearly 20 years of thinking having children wouldn't be possible for her, Hamilton was given two blessings.
"For many years, I didn't think I would have my own children and now I have two, two beautiful children that are very healthy and thankful for that everyday and thankful for the team that I have that made it a possibility," says Hamilton.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and this month is a time to draw attention to the issues surrounding diabetes, and the people who are affected by the disease.