Hi, I’m Lacie. I live in South Carolina with my husband and 2 1/2 children (ones still in my tummy). I live a normal, busy mom type of life. I am currently under very tight control since I’m pregnant, which is the way it should be. This is my third child and Thank God, I’ve never had any diabetes related problems while pregnant.
I did have one major diabetes related event when I was 18. I was like many teenagers, I’m sure. I thought nothing really bad was going to happen to me. I barely took insulin and never took blood sugars. I ended up getting sick bc my sugars were so high and thank God my parents decided to check on me one more time before they went to bed because I was in a coma. The only ambulance ride I’ve ever had, I can’t even remember! I woke up one time with complete amnesia. I don’t even remember it, but I’ve been told I didn’t know who anyone was or what had happened. The next time I woke up and knew immediately what I had done. The first thing they asked me was who is this and pointed to my dad. I didn’t realize, at that moment, the importance me knowing that had. Everyone cried and my dad layed over me crying. My dad has since passed away and I can’t think about that day without crying and thinking about the worry I caused him.
Anyway… Since then I’ve been happy and healthy. I don’t enjoy being type 1, but I found it goes much smoother if you just embrace it and control it, rather than it controlling you!
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
A lot of times people are shocked that I am able to have a healthy pregnancy. I smack them mentally and then politely tell them that as long as you have tight control, you can do anything you want.
How do you inspire others?
I definitely just try to stay positive about it and educate as many people as I need to about the fact that I am not type 2 and what they think they know about my diabetes is probably wrong.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Hmm… I think it definitely helps keep stressing perspective time for me since my blood sugars are affected by stress. You have to step back and consider if something is really worth all the trouble of messed up blood sugars.
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular Ducks, definitely!