I’ll never forget the day I was diagnosed with T1D. I was 22, a recent college grad, first job in place, coaching club soccer, and ready to take on life! Little did I know I’d be diagnosed with T1D that same summer. It was the day after the 4th of July, 2008. I was constantly throwing up and nauseous, my head ached, and all I wanted was water and popsicles. I went to the emergency because I was so sick I thought something serious had to be going on. I ended up leaving after waiting 2 hours – deciding that I’d go back the following morning to “beat the crowd”. The following morning I was taken back right away and my blood sugar was over 1,200! The nurses couldn’t believe it, and neither could I. For the past 7 years, I felt ashamed of this disease, didn’t talk about it if possible, and only shared how I felt with those closest to me. I just felt like I couldn’t talk about it since my family and friends weren’t going through this same life change. It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my son in 2015, (I searched for a “#” for “T1D”, and discovered a whole new world! I’ve been slow to adapt to social media 😉 – and really started to embrace my life and all the positives that have come with being a T1D. I’ve always done my best to keep a positive attitude, and because of this awesome community, I’ve been able to connect with so many wonderful people, and finally feel a sense of relief that I’m not alone. I am thankful to you all for your support and friendship!
How do you inspire others?
I hope to inspire others by being supportive, staying positive, and offering advice when needed. I’m no expert, but I think a good listener and positive attitude go a lot further in life than traditional facts.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Diabetes really affected my life when I became pregnant with our son in 2015. It was the toughest year of my life. I like to compare it to the most intense marathon you’ve ever participated in, only it doesn’t end at the finish line, and it affects you 24/7. It was the scariest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done for my family and my health. Being an expectant mother made me focus on the most important thing, taking control of my health, to be the healthiest I could possibly be for my son.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
It’s certainly made me appreciate life a lot more. Everyone’s dealt a different hand in life, but it’s what you make of it in the end, and I choose to do the best I can.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular sized ducks – for sure! 🙂