I wa diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 35, only 2 days after my daughter who was 8 years old (now 19) at the time. We had to learn about diabetes together. We are definitely partners and allies in this D-Life. I have two other kids aged 15 and 21, a wonderful husband, and two furry four-legged kids (ie. dogs)
What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
Do you have the bad kind of diabetes? Didn’t know how to respond to this one. What’s the good kind of diabetes? If there’s a good kind, I want that one, please.
Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
People tell me all the time I can’t eat cake, but if I bolus the appropriate amount of insulin, I can have my cake and eat it too.
How do you inspire others?
I took up running after my T1D diagnosis. I have completed numerous 5K races. Not easy with T1, but certainly do-able.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
T1D is a daily battle. You must constantly be thinking about how much insulin am I taking, how many carbs am I eating, what will I be doing in the next few hours? Unpredictable activity, late meals, meals prepared by other people are all things that can cause dangerous lows and highs. Sleep is interrupted by diabetes on a regular basis. It’s like having a baby that never grows up.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I’m definitely tougher in all ways because of diabetes. I can’t afford to wimp out, because diabetes never wimps out. It’s always there, pushing me to do things I don’t want to do. It forces you to be flexible, to work hard to do things you want to do!
Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
I think I could take the big duck. Give me a giant crust of bread and I could do it.