We are a couple of youths living with type 1 diabetes. 2 nationalities, the same love for traveling, writing, and inspiring others that it’s possible to live happily with diabetes ended up in a blog called “Casal T1” (“T1 Couple”).
We recently launched our blog but we hope to involve as many people as possible in our believe of living happily, traveling the world or doing whatever we want (that make us happy) and staying in control of your diabetes.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
MANY people think we can’t have sweet stuff. It takes a while to explain how T1 diabetes works and why people usually think sugar was just now allowed. But taking the time to explain makes sure people understand better.
How do you inspire others?
We always try to do exactly what make us happy. We see ourselves as “world citizens” and we don’t let anyone put us down or say that our dreams and plans can’t become true.
We take the opportunities that we create. For example, Bruno got the opportunity to live in SA for one year and Júlia got the opportunity to do an externship in the USA; both of us went.
We both share plans, BGs, basals, carb counting, dreams, trips, stories and we try to share all with others: our families and friends, parents that are having a hard time believing that their kids will be happy with diabetes, youths with diabetes that prefer not to talk neither control the disease simply because they think society will reject them, people with other diseases that believe their world ended the day they were diagnosed.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes affected both of us in a lot of ways. Apart of having made us more responsible and concerned about our health, it brought us incredible opportunities to meet people and fight for a cause.
An example of this is that we met only because both of us got involved in voluntary work with diabetes in our own countries (Portugal and Brazil).
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Bruno finds it easier to run away from one horse sized duck. He says he is not forced to fight it! Ahahah