I’ve had T1 for over nine years. I’m now 20 years kid and a junior in college. I was never the perfect diabetic, but I did always take my shots and check myself. Between this past semester and this one, my diabetes has been absolutely out of control. I’m always over 300 and have just been to the hospital. I’m hoping my endocrinologist has a solution when I visit her.
However, my concern is not that one. (Well it is, but not for this post’s purposes.) I guess it’s the frustration of my highs but it has recently hit me that I’m going to have diabetes for the rest of my life and it makes me really sad. Nobody in my family really understands. (There is some T2s in my family and some prediabetes but no T1s.) I am a first generation Mexican American. My family is from a small poor town in Mexico. Many people have immigrated to the US, but there is still a good number there still. Out of this entire community, I am the only T1. I am estimating around 1000-2000 people and I’m the only one.
This makes me feel extremely alone with my T1. I don’t know any other T1s that are like me in age or ethnicity (not that I care about that, but it would make me feel like less of anomaly!). I’ve never been to a diabetes camp or anything. My parents never let me do much because they were always worried about my T1 including camp. I know of a Puerto Rican with T1 but when I was diagnosed in middle school, she was already in college.
I’ve recently withdrawn from classes this semester after talking with my scholarship director. I’m trying to get back to range numbers that are good without the extra burden of school. He looked into diabetes groups and he suggested this page which is why I’m here.
Anyways, I guess I am just being a complainer, but I guess just knowing there are others like me would make me feel so much better.
I really am a cheerful person and I’ve never had my diabetes hold me back, but right now I think it is and some support from others who have probably at some time felt like I have would definitely be helpful.
I’m so hopeful about this website and thank you already