I have adult onset Type 1 Diabetes. I am 40 years old, a mother of an 8 year old, and wife to an amazing man… I was diagnosed about 3 years ago. I was in total denial when I started losing my eyesight and couldn’t stay hydrated. I was so textbook (except losing the weight of course 😜)… When I ended up in the hospital my blood glucose was way over 600. But I wasn’t surprised when the doctor sat by my hospital bed and told me I was Type 1 because my mother’s whole side is diabetic. My grandfather ended up with T1 at my age, and died from it before I was born. My aunt was T2 and died from it about 4 years ago. My mother is T2 also. It’s so hard to control, but like I said before I am a newlywed have the best guy who is my rock and I have the most beautiful 8 year old daughter who I need to fight disease for, besides myself. I found out this week, because I am 40 and T1 I shouldn’t have anymore kids which my husband and myself wanted, so diabetes has a way of totally messing up my life. Reality, my world is different now, I refuse to let it control me! Finally this week I am ordering the pump and sensor so HOPEFULLY my world will be in better control!
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Question: Do people look at you giving yourself insulin like your doing Heroin??? My response: Are you crazy asking me this question?
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
All the time, my dad says that to me the most… “You can’t eat that!!!!” And my response “ummm, yeah I can!!!”
How do you inspire others?
I am in the Hardcore, Punk Scene, my husband and I threw benefit shows for diabetes. It’s called ‘Hardcore Stomps Out Diabetes’ we get bands to perform for nothing. All proceeds go to The ADA!!! We have had two shows so far.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Its affected me in a way that scares me and wants me to do better with my health… I don’t want to leave my baby girl without a mom.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
A little of all, I have days I am tired of dealing with this disease, I am scared of going to the gym because I hit lows and emotionally because I am scared I could die. But I fight to stay sane and happy. I try to see the positive in everything even this disease!
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
100 regular… I could run thee them fast (and kick them in the little heads!) lol…