I have had diabetes for 15 years… But it hasn’t prevented me from doing anything. My parents treated me like any other, “healthy” child. I’ve done everything from jumping 3′ on horseback to competative swimming, to directing an elementary choir. I’ve gone on trips with friends and the only thing that has continually irked me is the fact that I can’t get away with just a clutch when I go out (my “emergency kit” won’t fit). Being diabetic has opened up many avenues for me to make friends and share the wisdom I’ve gained with other diabetics. We trade techniques for concealing our pumps and for treating lows and highs… And we support each other- it’s wonderful. I know some diabetics that would like to be rid of the disease, but I would like to keep it. Diabetes has taught me responsibility, and to trust my body and God. I’ve never known what it’s like to be “normal”. Type 1 Diabetes is my normal, and I am doing just fine.
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
“Where is your pump?”
I used to clip it obviously to my waistbands on skirts, but I had recently found a new way to wear it concealed in special shorts on the inside of my thigh… it was rather akward trying to explain how I was rigged up!
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 normal sized