My name is Rachael and I hail from a tiny Island known as the Isle of Man. I am here really to gain knowledge of my condition (I prefer not to call this a disease as it is medically called), receive any help but also to help others with their issues whenever possible.
I am most of the time happy go lucky but sometimes diabetes and various other things get me down (as I am sure they do with most of you). I have travelled extensively as it's one of my hobbies, I love art, performing art, photography and sailing too (although not so much in the cold atlantic waters). I also love hiking, nature and animals.
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 17 (I am 31 now) although had problems with this during high school which went unrecognised for years. Eventually after screaming at my GP with utter frustration I got diagnosed, rushed to hospital and placed on a drip. Eventually, once recovered, I got referred to endo here on the Island. Overall I have never been overly impressed by the diabetic clinic on the Island but being such a tiny place I don't really have a large choice ie just them or nobody. They never have the correct medical records or any knowledge which has been of benefit and never seem overly enthusiastic about helping me control my diabetes. This might explain why I have nearly died once due to a severe diabetic hypo and currently my HbA1c is 9.7%. I only found out about carb ratios through internet research two or three years ago, along with post prandial spikes and dawn phenomina. It wasn't until I temporarily moved to the UK that I had my multiple hypos sorted out and managed to get my weight to an acceptable level and feel almost human again. It's been an exhausting process however I see it that I am lucky to be here today to share my experience and knowledge and help others also, whenever I can.
I am also part of another diabetic forum, who without their help I wouldn't be here feeling as optimistic and happy as I do. I am happy to join here too as everyone seems friendly and helpful and as I said I hope to help others too. I feel we are all in this together and there are tough times and there are good times but it's important to strive through and be there for each other whenever we can.
Currently as I mentioned, my HbA1c is 9.7% (not great I hear you cry) but I am aiming to get it down to 6.5% in around 6 months time or less. Fingers crossed I don't have complications right now and I hope to keep it that way. Also fingers crossed I gain better control in the not too distant future. I have to say I rarely rely on the system here to help me nowadays, and gain most of my knowledge from the internet and others.
Anyway that is more or less about me and my diabetes in a nutshell. Wishing you all happy holidays and all the best for New Year 2011 and beyond!