After years of turmoil, it’s safe to say that the relationship between mother Krystina Carrino and daughter Samantha Stamatakis was rocky. Samantha, who suffers from diabetes, was not taking her illness seriously. Indeed, she would often skip school, neglect her medicine and smoke cigarettes. But after she fell pregnant, Samantha’s actions were putting not only herself in danger, but her unborn baby, too.
The 19-year-old was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just seven years old. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the illness. And this means that the New Jersey born teen will require treatment for the rest of her life. Indeed, treatment of diabetes type 1 often involves self-administering an injection of insulin up to four times a day.
The illness, which is frequently genetic, causes the immune system to attack its own pancreatic cells. And as a result, the pancreas then struggles to create insulin. This, in turn, causes blood sugar levels to become dangerously high. Therefore, it is vital that people with diabetes take very good care of themselves and their health.