Dual citizen. World traveling, home-birthing, fit mama with two beautiful little girls (oh, and I also have T1 Diabetes). Follower of Dr.Richard K Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Finding out that T1 Diabetes care is better (and less expensive) in many parts of the world than in the USA. Switched to low-carb eating in Jan 2015 and now have an A1c of 4.4% with very few lows. I feel better than ever. I cannot imagine going back to the Standard American Diet. Insulin pump user for the majority of time since diagnosis in 2002.
How do you inspire others?
I lead through example and talk to anyone who is interested about the low-carb way of eating and Dr. Richard K. Bernstein’s law of small numbers to improve BG control. I wish someone would have told me about this years ago. I suffered with BG levels that were considered in the “good” range of 6.3-7.8 only to find out on my own that those were still very much outside the normal range and ran the high risk of substantial long-term complications. My goal is to be fit, healthy and live a long, complication-free life so that I can be here for my children and potential grandchildren one day.
Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
I try not to let Diabetes affect me at all. It is a part of me but I have taken control of my health and won’t let Diabetes stop me. I traveled to Thailand 6 weeks after my diagnosis and hiked for days in the hill-tribes north of Chiang Mai. I’ve hiked the Inca trail in Peru. I’ve seen mountains and glaciers in South America and travel internationally several times per year. Proper planning and a good attitude will get you far.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I am stronger and more resilient due to Type 1 Diabetes. It has pushed me to do more and be more fit/stronger. It is a part of me, but it is not all of me.