Since being diagnosed 5 years ago, I have become stronger than I ever thought I could be. I have only let diabetes control my life a few times in the past 5 years and I don’t plan to let it control me in the future. The idea of diabetes and my future completely terrifies me, but I will never give up on myself and my future plans. One thing that has hurt me most about being a type 1 diabetic is that horrible misunderstanding that people have that type one is because I eat too much or because I’m fat. I cant emphasize enough the importance of recognizing the difference between type 1 and type 2, sometimes I wish I did have type 2 and then at least I could try to fix it.
I just wanted to share my story, of a 20 year old girl who doesn’t let diabetes take over my life, to anyone that is struggling with the illness. You are not alone, and you can have a normal life.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Can you even do any exercise?
I responded, why wouldn’t I be able to? I’m a perfectly working human, all I have is a broken pancreas.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
Yes, a lot of people say I cant eat certain things, I cant socialize, exercise, many things! I don’t think I’ve changed my life at all since being diagnosed, yes I’m a lot more aware of what I eat and do, but as long as I give the required insulin and make sure I treat any hypo/hyper I can do whatever I want!
How do you inspire others?
I definitely try to stay positive about my diabetes, sometimes it gets too hard and I crack a little! But I’d like to think I inspire those around me by staying strong through the tough times.