Hello! I’m Piper, I’ve been a T1D since four years of age. I’ve been through insulin injections, insulin pens, and the insulin pump.
I am one of nine children, I am a daughter, sister, friend, and wife. I have a passion for writing and hope to publish a book on my battle with T1D. I am an extroverted introvert, I have a heart for people, family, and life itself. I am a traveler, blogger, part-time receptionist, runner, wanna be cook, and child lover. I share pictures and words of my life on my Instagram.
How do you inspire others?
I honestly don’t know if I inspire others, but I do know that through having this frustrating disease I have grown to appreciate how others inspire me. I once met a little girl at Red Robin who was 7, she was with her mom. The little girl’s mother approached me , “my daughter is a T1D too, we recognized your insulin pump”, I then asked the little girl how old she was, and when was she was diagnosed and asked her if she had a pump too. After our conversation her mom thanked me simply for showing her that being a T1D is possible as you get older and that it doesn’t have to look weird. And that you can be active, and normal. Her mom gently said, “Thanks for showing her how a beautiful young girl can live life even with the struggle of T1D”. I was forever changed by that encounter and the encounters to follow. I was also asked to volunteer at the local high school when I was 16 during my time as a running start student to meet with a young man who was struggling to get his A1C below a 9.0. That experience challenged me in a completely different way than the little girl’s encounter.
How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
Life is so precious and our stories are a gift. Going out of my way and out of my comfort zone as a T1D has made me grow as a person and appreciate the dedication it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. More than that it has allowed me to empathize with people. I can’t help but feel compassion when I see children at a hospital or adults carrying the weight of their own illness. I instantly have the heart and desire to pray for them (genuinely) and to share with them that they are not alone. Life as a T1D is no joke.It challenges me emotionally on a daily basis. When my blood sugars are high I get grouchy, and when I am low I get somewhat delirious, this has taken a toll on me physically and mentally. I am called to overcome this obstacle, I am capable, and I have learned to never let fear, tiredness, or anxiety control my health, joy or freedom in all that I have accomplished and all that I have yet to accomplish. I hope this entry has encouraged you, and has met you somewhere in your journey.
Piper- IG username piperbackholm