Kenny

 
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Age: 28 Year Diagnosed: 2003 Location: Philadelphia, PA

“A situation that happens often is countless people confusing my pump with a pager. It's 2018.

I don't like people thinking that I ‘can't’ do something because of diabetes. I don't, and won't, let diabetes ever get in the way of me living my life to the fullest. THAT is how I beat diabetes.

Simple, but the most important piece of advice in my life: CGM. Not delaying putting a new sensor on has been the biggest difference maker in my life.”



Molly

 
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Age: 23 Year Diagnosed: 1999 Location: Barrington, IL

“For the first time in my life a professor questioned my ability to succeed due to diabetes. The first week of my Masters program he asked me, “Do you really think this is the best idea for you with your condition? It will be physically and emotionally taxing for your entire career and you can drop out and get all of your money back in the first few weeks of the program.” Mind you I was prepared for the program and just as equip as anyone else and gave him no reason to question me. I was just letting him know I had diabetes. Ive never gotten that response before and I looked him and told him I have never had a problem before and I will be the best nurse you have ever seen. Now I am at the top of my class and I was the only one to get a 100% on the last exam!

Never let someone tell you that you are less because you have diabetes!! You are strong and just as capable as anyone else!”


Alan

 
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Age: 31 Year Diagnosed: 2016 Location: Chicago, IL

“When my doctor first broke the news of Diabetes I was in shock and didn’t really know what to do, aside from continuing on my way to work like planned. Then it happened as I called my Mom from the train platform, the ugly crying, the snorts, the unplanned stop at Whole Foods to blow my nose and attempt composure. Diabetes gave me my ‘crying on the redline’ moment every Chicagoan needs!

As millennial as it sounds, Instagram has connected me with so many other T1Ds and honestly, along with research taught me more about managing diabetes than my endo! (sorry, Doc!)

Read as much about diabetes as you can stand, even if it doesn’t make sense yet! Reach out and connect with other T1Ds, seeing other people staying active and just coping with everyday life made a world of a difference for me!”



Marc

 
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Age: 41 Year Diagnosed: 1990 Location: Chicago, IL

“I am grateful for my diabetes. It no doubt is scary, challenging and has changed my life and long term heath but to be honest, it makes me work harder and I like the challenge of not having things easy. I'm scared of the potential long term complications and any hereditary effects on my children but diabetes is a thinking persons disease; it's analytical, it's organizational, it's planning and prep and problem solving and makes you stronger and smarter. One event i'd like to share is the launch of my startup Dropp Kitt. Dropp Kitt makes premium diabetic goods based on the belief that diabetics deserve better. Better quality, better solutions and better style. For almost 30 years as a type one diabetic I’ve dragged my diabetic supplies with me in everything from a Ziploc bag to an old leather Dopp kit. When I met my business partner everything changed. Together we designed a beautifully handcrafted premium leather case that fits in my back pocket and fits all of my daily essential diabetic supplies. The support and outreach from the diabetic community has literally brought me to tears when we sold our first unit this weekend! As a problem solver (and creator) by nature it is humbling and gratifying to see other diabetics find comfort in a little thing I created.

I would tell new diabetics to be upfront about their diabetes, if not only from a safety perspective. Let co-workers, people at the gym etc know that you are diabetic, where your supplies are and what to do in case of an emergency. I do a lot of public speaking and consulting and one of the first things I tell a crowd is "I am a well controlled type 1 diabetic but my family is not here with me today, so if you notice me sweating profusely or looking a little off tell my to check my blood" and then I show them where my Dropp Kitt and supplies are in case of emergency.”



Mike

 
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Age: 39 Year Diagnosed: 1984 Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan

“Low blood sugars are not funny per se, but the specific symptoms can be... For example, the low that I had years back where I thought my wife was an alien trying to force poison down my throat (it was simply apple cider) in order to turn me into an alien. And then the frosting gel that she tried to coat the inside of my mouth with, was an alien gel meant to paralyze me. In the moment, these are never funny. But afterward, of course, I felt like a fool even though it felt so real at the time.

Over the years, I've come to see there are so many misconceptions in the general public and within our own Diabetes Community. That is why I find it so important to share my own personal story and use my journalism skills to get correct, important information out to those who need it in their diabetes lives and decision-making. Your Diabetes May Vary and opinions on many issues often do as well, and what may be important to you may not be a top priority for another. That's why I work so hard to share stories and information in the DOC (diabetes online community).

I've never really known a world outside of diabetes, being diagnosed at age 5. I mostly consider my T1D a blessing, in that I am able to manage my own health and feel that I've learned to ‘McGyver’ healthcare in ways that wouldn't be top of mind otherwise. The fact that I can work professionally in this space and help others in the community is something that fills my heart with so much happiness.”


Neil

 
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Age: 45 Year Diagnosed: 1991 Location: Little Rock, AR

“Remember that one time when the doctor told me I could eat "sugar free" candy and I nearly erupted into an explosion that could be seen from space?! I do... (sheesh) The first time my doctor told me that sugar free candy would be better for me, I went to the store and bought it all. Sugar free gummy bears, Whitman's chocolate sampler, Twizzlers...and about 30 minutes after, I checked my blood glucose levels and all was fine. Except for a rumble in my stomach that turned pure nuclear in about 3 minutes. Spent about 5 hours on the toilet that day. Thanks diabetes for teaching me that sugar free actually costs you something. It costs you about 10yrs off the life of your colon.

We aren't victims. Don’t wear this thing like a badge…no one is against you. The drama isn’t helping any of us. So what if someone makes a joke about it on late night talk shows. Spend your energy helping people understand, not complaining about it. As far as I know - complaining has never accomplished anything, ever. Diabetes hasn’t made me a victim.

I had a chance to direct the Bike Beyond documentary and it changed my perception about what someone living with Type 1 is capable of. It completely changed my mind and gave me a new cap on what I thought this disease would restrict me to. Watching these cyclists with Type 1 absolutely crush this ride across the country is one of the most empowering things I've ever seen. Privileged to be a part of it!

I finally figured out how to calculate protein...not just carbs. The way I calculate the food that I eat - there’s a ton of medical journals & diabetes research I read - trying to figure out how to calculate protein into ‘actual carbs’ that impact my body. Multiplying the protein x .6 and adding the carb content to that...has really helped me get the numbers right.”


Celia

 
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Age: 31 Year Diagnosed: 2009 Location: Paris, France

I’ve been diabetic for many years now. At the beginning, I could say that we have to learn how to live with that new lifestyle. Then as the warriors that we are, we need to challenge ourselves. At least that’s my opinion and my goal. One year ago, I travelled to a beautiful French island called Réunion. That island is a wonderful mix between ocean, mountains, and volcanos. That trip was one of my diabetic life challenges because it was a hiking trip. We went to a wonderful mountain called ‘Cirque de Mafate’, it was something like 7 hours walking. All the way down was okay but in the middle of the way up, I started to have really bad hypo. I had blurred vision and we had to stop. I ate and drank all what I had in my backpack. It was really, really hard. I had been low for maybe one hour. My friends started to be really stressed and say that we should call a helicopter. I was stressed, embarrassed, scared and exhausted...but didn’t want to give up ! I did everything to make my blood sugar ’okay’ and continue my way up. Finally after hours walking I was the first on the top of the mountain, you can't imagine my feeling in that very special moment ! It was so emotional, I felt so proud of myself. So in the end, if I can give any advice to our wonderful diabetic community it would be ‘Never give up’. Being diabetic makes us stronger every day and we should be proud of that!

Ive been diabetic for more than 9 years, for all these years I was wondering if I could find some other diabetics, besides the ones at the hospital. Last year, I had the idea to check Instagram to see if I could find some information... I discovered this really big and awesome community ! I am so glad to know you all over the world. You guys are so inspirational and helpful and want to thank you all who share your experiences and make our community what it is.”


Anna

 
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Age: 21 Year Diagnosed: 2001 Current Location: Vienna, Austria

“A couple of weeks after my diagnosis, I went to one of my favourite art museums in Vienna and got kicked out by the security because they thought that I was injecting drugs, whereas in reality, I was just trying to bolus. This was still when I was absolutely devastated and did not know what to do, as I did not really understand what had just happened. However going through this situation made me stronger and taught me to stand up for myself and raise awareness for t1d everywhere I go.

One misconception about t1d that I'd wish I could change is "So you cannot eat that!" and "Oh, so you got type 1 diabetes because you ate too much sugar". Unfortunately the stigma of diabetes and sugar is still anchored in our society. But living with t1d isn't just about "sugar". It's so much more than that. It's sleepless nights, being frustrated and tired because you cannot get your blood sugar levels down. It's getting up at 2am, shaking, because you're having a hypo. What bothers me about common misconceptions about t1d is, that people tend to believe that they suddenly are the experts and know everything about what it's like to live with a diabetes diva and that I could simply make it all go away with a spoon of cinnamon.

If you would have told my 10-year-old-self that I'd start sharing my life on social media, travel and connect with people from all over the world, I would have never believed you. As a kid and teenager, I was a very shy and self-conscious person. Most of the time I was to afraid to speak up for myself, because I was too afraid. I was struggling quite a lot with self-doubt as I always wanted to fit in. And as weird as it sounds, I sometimes feel like my diagnosis was a blessing in disguise, as it helped me learn how to accept myself and my body & to be proud of myself and the things that I do. All the blood sugar testing and changing my infusion sets lead to me getting more and more confident in myself and my abilities. Because not everybody can say, that he/she casually took over their beta cells' job! ;) It taught me, that you do not have to change myself to please other people, but that you are perfect just the way you are: strong, brave and unique. Living with t1d made me appreciate the little things even more and taught me to be a patient with myself and my body.

One piece of advice that I'd give a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic would be: Take a deep breath, take it slow and believe in yourself. There will be a lot of things that you'll need to learn at your new job as the CEO of your own beta cells, but you'll do a fantastic job. Take it step by step. Listen to your body. Living with t1d may be hard at times, but you got this. There will be some tough days, but you will get through this and grow even more from your daily challenges. You are stronger than you think. “

Laura

 
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Age: 30 Year Diagnosed: 1994 Location: Paris, France

“I used to dance Ballet when I was younger, and I remember going out to dance one of the pieces of the Nutcracker. In the middle of the stage, I started to feel low but because of the situation, I kept dancing until the end... or so I thought! I finally saw the videos of me doing all the steps wrong and being totally discordant in the group!

In my 26 years of being diabetic, I've probably changed my lancet about twice!”


Sarah

 
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Age: 33 Year Diagnosed: 2000 Location: Montreuil, France

“I remember one time going through customs at the airport and I always have with me a prescription which allows me to keep all my diabetes stuff and it also says that I have the right to take with me sweet drinks in case of hypo. A customs officer told me that as a diabetic I was not allowed to drink my orange juice box but just tea or water like his grandma and he just confiscated my orange juice until his supervisor told him it was ok. I remembered feeling so bad as I had to fight for something I really needed and I knew better than him what is good for me but in the end, he never even apologized for being wrong.

When my diabetes was discovered, I was 15 years old and I did not realize what was involved with it. I really did not get along with my first endo : she always yelled at me during my appointment telling me that I was lucky to be young or my kidney would have already collapsed. She was not wrong but the way she told me that didn't push me to be more careful. I just continued to eat whatever I wanted without checking my blood sugar. I remember how stressed out l I was before going to see my endo, filling my blood sugar notebook the night before my appointment. I remember my husband, Pascal, sitting next to me while I would do this, and he knew that it was better for him to not talk to me as I was so panicked that I could start crying just because I got lost keeping track of all my numbers, trying to catch up 3 months in that notebook, pretending that I've done it everyday carefully... And then everything changed: first, when I learned about carbohydrate counting and then, when the Omnipod arrived in my life and a few month later follows by the Freestyle Libre which was reimbursed in France. Those two devices allowed me to show and accept my diabetes as I did not hide it anymore. It does not bother me to wear them on my arms or that strangers ask me about them. On the contrary, It has allowed me to accept it and it helps me to educate people, to talk about it and increase awareness. It allows me to connect with people even abroad, people are curious and ask about those weird devices. I also realized how lucky I am to leave in France and have a free access to all of this thanks to the French public health care system. For example, It made me sad to hear stories about people during our travel in Sri Lanka telling us that they have lost someone in their family because of diabetes or how difficult it is to get insulin.”


Coco

 
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Age: 23 Year Diagnosed: 2004 Current Location: Paris, France

“By the time I was in high school I did not tell anyone about my diabetes. Once, in class, the teacher ask for me to go write something on the blackboard. When I came back to my seat, I saw my friend playing with my insulin pen and shouting “What the hell is this pen?! it smells and looks really weird!”. I was so embarrassed, he could not figure out what he had found in my purse. Now, we laugh about that situation a lot.

People tend to think our community deserves what they have due to a "bad lifestyle", if only they would know how much we fight to preserve our health.. That is precisely the reason why I started my Instagram @cocoandpodie. I wanted to break all the clichés and show that diabetes means needles, insulin, pump and so on. I wish I can also help and inspire other diabetics through the account because I wish someone had told me I could do anything in spite of having type one.

I have always been attracted to fashion and I will never let diabetes take that away from me. In fact, I integrated my diabetes into fashion with my Instagram account. I kind of copy traditional blogger and I put my freestyle, needle, insulin pump in the middle of an aesthetic environment. I love this mix between two universes which are normally opposed: the medical area meets art in @cocoandpodie.

My piece of advice is that: I swear your life is not over, it is only the beginning. It will be hard sometimes, you will have bad days but you will grow up with this sense of empathy, with this courage and energy that will drives you anywhere. Moreover, you enter in an amazing community with incredible people and they might be the best people you will ever meet in your life.”




Léonor

 
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Age: 26 Year Diagnosed: 2016 Current Location: Paris, France

“Once, I went for lunch with two women from another team at work. One had organized this lunch, so I could discover the other one's job. We were about to start eating so I checked my blood glucose to know how much insulin to inject. During the process, I kept on talking and started to tell her that I had some questions. She suddenly felt very uncomfortable and told me "Oh! Ok, if you want we can do that". I didn't understand what she meant, so I told her that I had to do it to know how much insulin to inject because I was diabetic. Her face turned red. She thought I was going to record the conversation with my Accu-Check ! We both felt immensely embarrassed and laughed !

People often assume that Type 1 diabetics are responsible for their condition because they ate too much sugar or didn't exercise enough. They also think that you can't do some stuff that non-diabetic people do, like working in a stressful environment, traveling, running marathons, skydiving, scuba diving ... and some diabetics actually start believing that they can't do those things... I want to show that WE CAN DO ANYTHING ! The most annoying misconception about Type 1 Diabetics is that they can't eat whatever they want. People look at you and want to make you feel guilty ! I eat whatever I want!

My diagnosis story was not different from others: I ended up in DKA in the hospital. The first decision I made in my hospital room? Be stronger than diabetes. Never let it limit me. Live my life to the fullest. 1 week later, I ran a 10 km. 1 month later, I started a new job in an international environment-friendly cosmetics company. 3 months later, I moved into a new apartment and painted and decorated it myself. 7 months later, I had already visited 15 cities in 7 different countries. 9 months later, I signed up for a half-marathon to raise awareness and I launched my own fundraising campaign. Now, I've founded my own non-profit: Type 1 Family. And on November 4th, I'll run the NYC Marathon with 20 other type 1s with Beyond Type 1. Diabetes made me want to live my life to the fullest even more ! Because I realized how we take it for granted when it's not ! Sharing my story is not about complaining or talking about me. I feel grateful for the life I have and that “only” my pancreas gave up on me. I am sharing my journey because people with Type 1 diabetes are often forgotten or misunderstood. We need to give them their dignity back. We need to pay tribute to the families, to the caregivers and the nonprofits who fight this battle. We need to acknowledge that there is no cure and that we need one. This is my way to fight for a sweet life. I share my story and create a safe place so that children don’t feel ashamed of their condition ever again, so that they know they can do ANYTHING, so that they don’t feel alone and so that they can proudly say that they are everyday life heroes, T1D heroes, and they belong to a wonderful and caring community. And most of all, I run and raise funds hoping that one day we will be able to tell them this is curable.

It’s important to know that even if the only thing that you did today was just survive, that’s great. It’s not so easy to have Type 1 diabetes, and just going through the day without too many issues is already a big challenge. Connecting with other people with Type 1 diabetes is also very helpful. This last year, I connected with a lot of different people and met a lot of Type 1s and it has been very helpful for me — not because I want to talk about diabetes with them — but just to feel less alone, to feel like you belong to a community. It has been the most helpful thing this year.

Here is my advice:

•Accept that you can’t change it

•Think about everything you have

•Admire beauty in the little things around you

•Always find a reason to smile

•Enjoy every moment and capture the good times

•Be proud of your achievements, even the small ones

•Focus on what’s important

•Grow from the bad times and ignore mean people

•Connect with others, they will give you faith in humanity

•Find your tribe and love them hard

•Be the reason someone smiles today

•Every day is a new beginning: take a deep breath and start again!

I am just beginning my journey with this new reality but I understood that others have gone before me and their story can only help light the way. The T1D community on Instagram is a blessing for newly diagnosed like me. Today I want to see my diabetes as something that makes me strive to live life to the fullest. I hope that my story will inspire others and that my experience can help someone else along their journey. We live a daily-life that is almost unimaginable for ordinary people. I hope you feel extraordinary, because you definitely are. And remember, happiness is not the absence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them. Let’s all be Type 1 happy!”


Megan

 
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Age: 31 Year Diagnosed: 1991 Current Location: San Diego, Ca

“The only time I went into DKA, I was at the hospital and the nurse kept asking for my social security number, and I kept giving her my student ID number (I was in college). They didn't want me drinking water until I had blood drawn and a urine analysis, but I was SOOO thirsty. When they had me go into the bathroom to do my urine sample, there was a basket of sterile cups, so I used one to chug water from the sink!

A misconception I would change is that type 1 is just about taking insulin when you eat and not eating sugar. Every single decision we make involves our diabetes, and it's very consuming/not as easy as we make it look.

I love seeing how people are coming out of their shells and sharing their diabetes. Proudly wearing their devices where they can be seen. It also helps us find each other! I am 100% the person that will go up to another diabetic in a crowd just to give them a hug and say, ‘me too!’”




Samantha

 
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Age: 23 Year Diagnosed: 2018 Location: Orange County, Ca

“I wish that people understood how much effort goes into living with T1d. It's not just worrying about how much sugar is in foods. It's figuring out the amount of carbs, deciding what type of carb it is, and how those carbs will affect your blood sugar THAT DAY. It's about knowing that exercise is going to affect your blood sugars a certain way and adjusting accordingly. It's about waking up with an in-range blood sugar level and 20 minutes later being high just because you got out of bed. It's doing the exact same thing two days in a row and getting two completely different results. I wish people understood how exhausting and stressful it is sometimes to have to be constantly vigilant of your bg levels, because if you aren't it could cause you to end up in the hospital or worse.


I was diagnosed 6 months ago. Due to a mistake by doctors and my Guardian Angel looking out for me, my blood glucose levels were tested. With bg levels of over 600 and an A1c of 12.5%, I was diagnosed with T1d and my entire life changed. It was scary, it was confusing, and it was devastating. I did not know anything about diabetes and I didn't even know where to start. Luckily, I started seeing an AMAZING endo. He is so supportive and helpful. Three months later, my A1c was 5.8%. I just had my second three-month check up, my A1c is 5.3% and my bg levels are in-range over 90% of the time. Being diagnosed with T1d was so scary and in the beginning I felt so alone. But with the support of my husband, my endo, and the INCREDIBLE diabetes community, I don't feel alone anymore and I am proud to say that I am a Type 1 diabetic. Although, of course, I would rather not have diabetes... I look for every opportunity to talk with people about it and educate them the best I can. I want to help work towards a world where T1d is more understood. More importantly, I want to help work towards a world where every diabetic knows that it is possible to be happy AND in control of their diabetes and that they are never alone.”


Abby

 
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Name: Abby   Age: 29  Year Diagnosed: 2012  Location: Indiana

“There was a time a few years ago when I had a low in the middle of the night. I usually wake up my husband when I feel I need to for my own safety, but this time I didn’t because it didn’t feel that bad. I went into the kitchen and decided I wanted a small glass of chocolate milk for my treat, so I got the gallon out, and the glass. I went to pour the milk... and dropped the gallon on the counter, and it fell onto the floor, spilling chocolate milk all over the kitchen. I was low, tired, and now upset, so I just sat on the floor in the middle of the milk and started crying. Thankfully my husband heard the ruckus (and didn’t laugh when he saw the chocolatey destruction). He got me a glass of milk so I could treat the low and the cleaned up the whole mess for me. We laughed about it later, but at the time it was pretty upsetting. 

My piece of advice is if you can get your doctor to over-write your prescriptions just a tad, do it. Having a small stockpile in case of emergencies is so crucial. But don’t have them over-write for lancets. You don’t need 10 million of those laying around.”

Emily

 
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Age: 25 Year Diagnosed: 2001 Location: Orange, Ca

“When I was in freshman in college, I didn't tell any of my professors about my diabetes. I remember going in to take a midterm with a blood sugar over 400 mg/dL. I felt miserable and my anxiety about the exam was amplified by the high blood sugar. As soon as the exam was in my hands, I started crying- right there in my seat in the silent classroom. I cried for the first 90 minutes of my 120 minute exam, and didn't write a single thing down in my booklet. By the time I pulled myself together, I was able to answer 1 essay question before it was time to turn in the exam. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't even confront my professor to tell him what was going on. When I got back to my dorm after the exam, I sent him an email, explaining that I had type 1 diabetes and my blood sugar had been very high, and apologizing for crying during his entire exam. He was very empathetic and encouraged me to communicate with other professors BEFORE situations like that happened again, but was unable to allow a retake of the exam. I still managed to pass the class, but I have never again kept my diabetes a secret from a professor, nor allowed myself to take an exam with a high blood sugar.


I once had a CDE compare living with type 1 diabetes to living with a newborn- some days you have to drop whatever you are doing to address the crying infant, no matter how inconvenient the timing may be. Once I heard her put this into perspective, I was able to cut myself a little more slack. We deal with so much on a daily basis, trying to thrive as humans on top of acting as a vital organ. Some days are wonderful, but also some days are absolutely exhausting. Sometimes it feels like so much of my brain energy is going toward keeping myself functioning that it's a miracle I'm able to do anything else on top of it. The best thing I've done for myself to help combat this exhaustion is to get involved in the type 1 community. There is nothing more comforting after a long night of battling a roller coaster of high and low blood sugars than to share your story with other type 1s who chime in with ‘me too’ and ‘hang in there girlfriend, you've got this’.”


Keith

 
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Age: 43 Year Diagnosed: 1981 Location: Upland, Ca

“I was once with a group of friends and testing my blood sugar, did my finger stick and blood did not come out. Squeezed my finger so hard to get just enough blood and still nothing, then all of a sudden the geyser occurred and blood shot three feet in the air. I was so embarrassed by that!

I have so many stories, this disease has challenged me my entire life. I have blacked out behind the wheel due to a low blood sugar and crashed into a light poIe have had complications with my eyes despite having A1Cs that are suppose to keep you from complications. I was actually told my endocrinologist that I was just unlucky. Despite this, I have not let Type 1 slow me down, in fact it has done the opposite and made me stronger. I have an unbelievable support team in my wife, daughters and friends. I have a medical support team second to none. There will be a cure one day, until then keep fighting and stay type one strong!”



Greg

 
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Age: 43 Year Diagnosed: 1980 Location: Upland, Ca

“When I was like 12 or 13 years old I went for a bike ride with a friend of mine with his uncle and uncles friend from Buffalo NY where I lived at the time to Niagara Falls NY a 24 mile along the Niagara River on the Canadian side of the river. The trip started out well and we made it over half way before low blood sugar kicked in and delayed us. We stopped at restaurant along the bike trail that had a patio and cokes along with food were ordered to treat my low sugar. After the order was taken, I started taking ice out of the glass of water in front of me and started shooting the ice cubes with my fingers across the patio. The first few times no one was hit with the flying ice but unfortunately that changed. The third time was the charm or maybe not so charming as the ice cube shot from my hand across the patio ended up going right down the shirt of a woman about 4 tables over. A great deal of apologizing and explaining needed to happen. Needless to say that was one of the most funny or embarrassing things that have ever happened.

The saying or symbols for I AM GREATER THEN MY HIGHS AND LOWS has so much meaning to me and I am grateful to whoever came up with this. Highs and lows as diabetics in regards to our blood sugars is a daily struggle but so are the highs and lows we deal with emotionally and physically everyday are just as bad. We need to be greater then our high and low blood sugars, emotions and physical feelings.

Type 1 diabetes is not a death sentence and there are so many things worse then being diabetic. Follow the process and plan listen to your endocrinologist and live your life. Eat the piece of cake, go to the party have the glass of wine. Live your life to the fullest and thrive.”




Melissa

 
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Age:  36   Year Diagnosed:  1986   Location: Orange County, Ca


“Growing up, a classmate found out I had diabetes, and kept asking me in front of people if it was contagious. I  was so embarrassed and I kept ignoring her but she kept asking. Eventually, I  just said yes and rubbed my hand on her arm, that seemed to do the trick! 


I was diagnosed at age 5 in Central America. My doctor didn’t know about treatments other than regular insulin R and NP, taken three times a day. He didn’t even know about carb counting, so my food was strictly no sugar. After coming to California, it was so different(t1d culture shock). I learned about carb counting and got such  better control. I feel empowered to live a longer, healthy life now. I  want to help others with t1d, raise awareness, and make this community much stronger.”




Emily

 
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Age: 27 Year Diagnosed: 1998 Location: Orange County, Ca

“When I was first diagnosed I was the only kid in my tiny private school that had type 1. So my principal made the ENTIRE SCHOOL show videos in their classrooms about what t1d is and what it entails.

This may be controversial but in the grand scheme of diseases I think we were dealt a pretty good hand. It sucks and it gets so annoying. And I am aware that there could be huge issues in the future if not taken care of.. but for the most part we can manage this disease. As long as we reach out when we need help, this disease really can be doable.

Always remember that things could always be worse. And if you have a bad day don’t let it ruin your week. Fight this disease day by day and keep your head up.”