Hi sisters! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Kelley, I’m 30 years old and I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Chris and our dog, Scarlett. I work for a small company as Director of Operations handling accounting, web development, human resources and marketing. I also work from home, which allows a lot of flexibility in my schedule but sometimes requires working nights and weekends. I love to travel; I’ve visited 22 countries, as diverse as Russia, Chile, and Iceland. I also love to be active, anything from skiing to basketball to hiking. I was never a runner but about two years ago, I began a couch to 5k program. After completing my first 5k, I stuck with it and ran two half marathons, a 10-miler and a triathlon last year.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in 1993, when I was nine years old. I was diagnosed the week of Christmas and I still remember getting out of the hospital on Christmas Eve, waking up Christmas morning and seeing that Santa brought me sugar-free candy and wondering how he knew-he must be magical! I don’t recall what my A1C or blood sugar was at diagnosis but I remember the pediatrician telling my father to take me to the hospital immediately. I had the typical symptoms for Type 1 diabetes: weight loss, excessive thirst, exhaustion, frequent urination, etc. I have been on an insulin pump since 1997 and on a continuous glucose monitor for over two years. I also have a blog, www.below-seven.com where I talk about my life with diabetes.
I have just recently discovered DiabetesSisters, joining my local PODS meet up last October and I’ve been so grateful to find this organization. I attended the 2014 Weekend for Women Conference in Washington, DC, which was such an amazing experience. I went the majority of my 20 years with diabetes alone. I didn’t even really talk about my life with diabetes with my friends or family. It wasn’t until starting my blog and becoming a member of the Diabetes Online Community that I found out such amazing groups existed and now I feel a lot less alone with diabetes.
I’m also 20 weeks pregnant (I find out on Friday if it’s a boy or a girl)! DiabetesSisters has given me this great opportunity to share with you my journey as I handle my diabetes while being pregnant. I look forward to sharing with you all!