Today is my two year anniversary of my diagnosis of T1 diabetes.
At age 55 I was suddenly diabetic and diagnosed fairly quickly as insulin dependent - the most alarming thing that got me to the doctor’s was the rapid degeneration of my eyesight within a couple weeks. I had never been to the emergency room before in my life for myself, but in my first year I went 5 times - nothing ever serious, mostly frightening experiences I didn’t know how to handle yet. Year 2 I really started to learn and found this community. I got a CGM and then an OmniPod. The CGM was a life changer, especially because of the arrows allowing me to predict better. Then I heard about Sugar Surfing and that made for quantum leaps ahead. From my first diagnosis with 9.7 A1C, I am now at 5.5 A1C (according to SugarMate).
From the beginning I’ve thought of diabetes in terms of being my new baby - having to watch over it, take care of it, feed it, wake up for it, be gentle, listen, pay attention, read about it, figure out how to handle it as it changes and brings all sorts of surprises… all these things. I’ve also made a conscious effort not to think of diabetes as something outside myself, but rather to own it as part of who I am, physically, emotionally, and also the social impact on relationships and work. Life changing in so many ways.
There are positive things related to my diagnosis. I am now much more aware of my body and the effects of food. I make more choices based on longer terms effects rather than instant gratification. I’m thankful that I was diagnosed later in life and not as a child or young adult. I appreciate my sister who was diagnosed at age 24 (now 50) more and the times we have together talking strategies and our struggles - we support each other. I am much more conscious of the cost of medications and the life and death struggles of those who can’t afford what they need. But most of all I look forward to my occasional treats much much more!
Life remains good and I look forward to continued advances in technology and fine tuning things for myself in this 3rd year.
Thank you for reading - Bonnie