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Diabetes and Family

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Sometimes I think the fact that I am living with type 1 diabetes is harder on my parents than it is for me. It is hard to imagine how it would feel watching your child prick their finger, give themselves a shot, and feel the symptoms of a high or low blood sugar, without knowing how it feels. However, this is what a parent of a type 1 diabetic endures everyday. I think it is easier when you have type 1 diabetes yourself, because you are used to being on high-alert, and taking care of yourself, but you do not have the worry that a parent carries around.

How the Diabetes Community Positively Impacted My Life

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When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 12, I knew of one boy at my school that was diagnosed a few years before me. All I really knew was that he got to eat snacks in class and had to go to the nurse a lot. Unfortunately, he had transferred schools and the only other person I knew who had type 1 diabetes was my mom’s friend’s daughter, who was away at college. To sum it up, I felt pretty alone.

Advocacy Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

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People living with type 1 diabetes vary greatly in how we each approach discussing the diabetes aspects of our lives. For example, I know some people who do not even want anyone to know that they have diabetes. They don’t want to think about it, deal with it, or seem “different” from their peers. I also know people on the other side of the spectrum, who always wear their sites in a visible place, incorporate diabetes into every conversation, and share every diabetes-related article on Facebook.

Diabetes, Me, & the College Game

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My name is Madison J Teater. I am a third year student at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), and I am a T1D. I am a history major hoping to become an archivist one day. I’ve had T1D since I was 13 and am now “celebrating” my 7th year of T1D. And while having T1D kinda… sucks (for lack of a better term), it isn’t all bad all the time. 

Diabetes Books and Resources

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When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was given a bag full of pamphlets and books on information regarding diabetes. The two that stick out in my mind as key components during my initial diagnosis are the CalorieKing booklet and A First Book for Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, MD.

Diabetes Independence: Where Independence Grows as You Do

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I often think that in the chronic disease category, type 1 diabetes is rare in the sense that it is one of the only diseases that requires 24/7 care done by the patient themselves. It is up to the patient to determine doses of insulin, a possibly lethal drug. How many other chronic diseases do you know of that require that kind of care?

The Freedom of Forgetting

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For the past few months, I have felt down about diabetes. I know I’m not alone in my struggle – there is a whole community of diabetics and all of us are going through similar challenges – but I still felt alone. I was letting diabetes make me feel different from everyone around me, and that was preventing me from engaging with others to my full potential. I told myself I couldn’t go out with friends because they would drink and I can’t do that.

Evolving Perspectives

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Lately I've gotten into a bit of a rut with my relationship to my diabetes. In the past, I've felt proud of myself when I've been on top of everything and had good control of my blood sugar. These past few weeks, though, I've had a lot of high blood sugar. My instinct when I test and see a reading of over 200 is to scan my recent actions to try to figure out what I did wrong.

Stormy Weather and Sunny Days

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I was procrastinating posting on Diabetes Sisters for awhile, because I wasn't feeling that positive about my diabetes. Reading negative posts tends to bum me out, so I try to write ones that acknowledge silver linings in the tough situations that we diabetics find ourselves in. This past week, though, I did not feel like looking for the silver linings. I was running low on injection needles and when I called my pharmacy to reorder them, they said I could only get one box at a time unless I had my doctor change my prescription.