I need to go back further than diagnosis for this story. My son who is now 30 was Dx with T1D when he was 11. I spent many years as the care giver of a Diabetic. The number one thing my son and I decided from the get go was our lives would not revolve around diabetes. That said…I would still ask the wrong questions as a Mom…”are you sure you ate the same food, there must be a reason your BG is so high/low”…”What’s your BG?”…”your grouchy are you low/high?”…”Do you have all your stuff?” We have all heard the questions…Fast forward 14 years. I started feeling tired all the time. Then the mood swings began…I thought I was going crazy (so did my family) Next was the extreme weight loss and hunger…one time I ate 6 Panera bagels in one day…finally the thirst to beat all thirst. Went to the Doctor and full work up later, he says “Tracy you have T1D”…now as an older woman I looked at him and said that can’t be right…well it is and now I understand all the things I got right with my son and all the things I got wrong, but I was able to handle it because I watched my son do it. And of he could I could.

What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked about your diabetes, and how did you respond?
How can you be Type 1 as an adult? Its a common question (One I had too) I explain how T1D happens and use the question as an opportunity to educate others.

Has anyone told you that you couldn’t do something due to your diabetes, and you proved them wrong?
One Mud Run I wanted to do said I could not be Diabetic and run it. I showed them the ADA rules…and proceeded to run it twice.

How do you inspire others?
I Run Tough Mudders, local 5k and 10k races, and I share my story

Tell us a story about how diabetes has affected you.
Had I not been diagnosed I may not have become a runner. My younger (Non-diabetic) son convinced me to run the Tough Mudder event. He helped me learn how to manage my blood sugars and how to get into a better shape while being on top of all the T1D hurdles. I have made new friends and shown many that T1D is not a death sentence or an excuse…just another obstacle.

How has diabetes contributed to forming you into the person you are today? Mentally, physically, or emotionally?
I am more willing to try new things. I am in the best shape of my life. I am able to look at the other side of peoples circumstances more easily…all as a direct result of the Diagnosis

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 regular sized ducks?
Really? 100 regular sized 🙂

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