1 Year Anniversery... If you call it that

Tomorrow (11/6) will be my one year anniveresery of beign diagnosed with type 1. It has definately been a year of change. For me the biggest issue at diagnosis was not eating healthy (I was honestly already doing that), but those dredful needles. I still HATE HATE HATE needles, but as a diabetic, I knwo that this is just something that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. I am now on the Omni Pod and ABSOLUTELY love it! I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. The other issue has been learning to manage my sugars while being a competitive figure skater… You want to talk about some crazy readings… :slight_smile: For this reason I cannot wait to get a continuous glucose monitoring system also!! On top of everything I feel like I have done a lot of growing up this past year. While diabets was always important to me (my uncle also has type 1) it is now an obviously huge part of my life. Unile some other people, I take every opportunity I can to educate people of the difference between type 1 and type 2, high sugar and low sugar, when we need insulin and when we do not, etc. I am thankful everyday for everyone who has been there and will continue to be there for me. I would not have made it through any of this with out the help of my extremely loveing family (Mom, Mimi, Papa, Jacob, and Uncle David), my amazing boyfriend, Nathan, and the greatest friends in the entire world!!!

Advice to newly diaganosed… Your diagnosis is NOT the end of the world. Your Drs and educators will become your friends. And always remember that it is your life… you need to make this work for you and live your normal (or as close to normal) life as best you can… Stay strong and stand up for yourself when needed :slight_smile:

I admire your positive outlook. Excellent advice Kathryn… I coudnt agree with you more!

That’s a darn good outllook in life you have …you will do well :slight_smile: thanks for sharing , competitive skater !!

Hi Kathryn, In my opinion attitude is 1/2 the battle, and you have that covered. I too posted a 1yr anniversary message, and believe that the reflection is good.

Great post - and congrats on your 1st year anniversary. I really am going to have to remember to do this - never celebrated having diabetes (42 years so far) - I guess because I refuse to grow up - I don’t even celebrate my birthday - I’m how old again??? BTW, I still hate needles - but heck - if it keeps me on this big blue marble - I’ll jab away - tho’ I’m like you now - pumping for 2 years - no more 8-10 shots a day like before when I was on MDI (Multiple Doseage Injections)!
Can’t wait to see you at the Olympics - I’ll be rooting for you!
Anna from Montreal - The Trials and Tribulations of a Diabetic

Glad to see you are marking your d-anniversary with a positive attitude. It is such a help to have a good support system of family and friends. Thank you so much for educating others you encounter on diabetes! You are a super ambassador for all of us.

Kathryn, it’s been so long since my first year that I can’t remember it. But I’ll bet it was a heck of a year. Congrats on making it through and still being so positive. It’s such a big set of changes to get past. I hope you can get a CGM before too long, because that really helps with BG control.