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… 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