Age: 37   Year Diagnosed: 1991   Location: Butler, Pa

"Roughly 6 years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS). After counting calories, hitting the gym almost daily and keeping my blood sugar in check, I was unable to lose any weight and found that if I did go off track, I would gain weight very fast.  This has been an added challenge in controlling my type 1 diabetes as it makes me extremely insulin resistant.   I am still trying to find what works best for me to make these two challenges work together.  Sometimes I get very frustrated due to not seeing any results and will fall off track but luckily my new found type 1 family always motivates me to get back on track!  They are an inspiration to me without even trying.”

Definitely try to connect with other Type 1's as soon as possible. I was diagnosed at 10 years old and until last year, I didn't really know any other type 1's. Thanks to social media, I was able to connect with a group of 8 other T1d's that live locally and it has been life changing! My friends and family have always been so supportive and willing to learn, but its different than being with people that actually live it. Our little group has quickly become my extended family and now I don't know how I ever did it without them!"