Steve

 
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Age: 37  Year Diagnosed: 2007  Location: Sacramento, Ca

"After I became diabetic but didn't yet know it, I had gone out of town to visit some friends. We spent the night catching up until it was pretty late and we'd had a good amount to drink. I crashed on my buddy's floor and borrowed his sleeping bag. As we all know, you have to pee nonstop in those early days before diagnosis. Well, because I had had too much drink, I didn't wake up to my body's intense urge to hit the bathroom and I ended up peeing myself in my sleep. In my buddy's sleeping bag. I was mortified when I woke up in the morning and tried to sneak out of the house with the wet sleeping bag only to discover that my friends were already awake and hanging out in the front yard. Needless to say, totally busted.

I hate when people think we constantly need to be reminded that we have Type 1 diabetes. Trust me, we don't. If we eat a meal that's carb heavy or decide to splurge on the occasional sugary desert, we didn't forget that we're diabetic nor are we necessarily being careless. I eat things all the time that people tell me I shouldn't but I do it in a way that I consider responsible. I love sweets, I just eat them in small doses and plan my meal accordingly, ie virtually no carbs with plenty of protein. This is just what works for me but everybody's different. It took me a while to get it down and I'm still wrong sometimes. I understand that most of the time people without diabetes are just concerned and trying to help but sometimes they just need to trust that the person dealing with type 1 knows enough about it to make good choices.

Having Type 1 can make you a stronger person than you ever thought you were capable of being. You get up every morning and take charge of your health and your life. You have to navigate insurance issues, endo appointments and a million other things, all while staring serious complications in the face and you keep going. I'm not going to say that having Type 1 diabetes doesn't suck but at least we get to know a personal strength that we may not have discovered without it.

Type 1 diabetes is not an exact science. You can eat the same thing, at the same time, take the same amount of insulin to cover it and get different results each time. There are so many factors that can influence your blood sugar and sometimes, there's just no explanation. You just have to learn to roll with it and try to not take it too hard. We all have times where we let our sugars slip but then there are those other times where we're diligent but still have numbers all over the place. It doesn't mean that you're a "bad diabetic" or that you're not trying. Even though it can be insanely frustrating, it comes with the territory."