Yesterday April 2 was my 3 year diabetes diagnosis date (Double D date?). It carries quiet a mixture of emotions and feeling kind of odd about it. Haven’t really talked about it with anyone. Figure this is probably the best place to bring it up!
The first year was very rough. I had a lot of trouble accepting my diagnosis, I took my insulin and ate fairly well, but in retrospect I was horribly depressed. I refused to get mad about being diabetic, instead got stuck in a one-man pity party. After the 1 year mark, I finally ended up in counseling and was able to work through all of my feelings.
In the last 2 years things have gotten so much better! About a year and a half ago I got the Animas One Touch pump and it changed my life. Last summer I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, and participated in Palo Alto’s Tour de Cure raising money for the ADA. Now I’m looking into getting the Dex com CGM. I’m training for a 100 mile bike ride and a sprint triathlon. In the last year it’s really clicked that type 1 isn’t going to inhibit my life. I just means I do things a little different, and activities require a tad bit more planning (packing glucose tabs, snacks, etc).
I’m excited I just found tudiabetes.org and look forward to the mentorship, exchange of information, and expanded sense of community!