When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness like Type 1 diabetes, it doesn’t take long for you to start thinking about your future. You may start to wonder and worry about the days, weeks, months, and even years ahead. But, like the rest of the human race, it’s impossible to really know what the future has in store for us. Life is unpredictable and can often change swiftly and without warning.
However, there are typically some things that we may be able to plan for -- whether we live with Type 1 diabetes or not. As a young woman, I know there are a few life milestones, biological rites of passage so-to-speak, which are both hopefully, and inevitably, in store for me.
One of those milestones that I’m looking forward to is pregnancy and carrying a child inside of me for nine months. This is the hopefully I was speaking of! I would love to become a mother one day, though for now, I’m having fun as 20-something exploring herself, who she is, and wants to be. I know that when the time is finally right, there will be a lot to consider, including making sure my body is ready for all the changes it will go through. Pregnancy causes such fluctuations in hormones, and managing diabetes effectively while pregnant is not only important, but vital for the health of both mom and baby.
Becoming a PODS leader for DiabetesSisters at such a young age was probably one of the smartest things I could have ever done. I’ve had members of my PODS meetups share about their struggles to start a family and it was always something that struck a chord in my heart. Would I have the same issues and obstacles as them? Flash forward to a few years later and now I’m watching the very same PODS members dote on their healthy, happy children. Nothing is more beautiful than that to me! I know that when it’s my turn, these women will have my back, and be ready to answer any and every question that I might have. Three cheers for peer support, am I right?
Another life milestone I KNOW I’ll hit is menopause… and to be honest, I sometimes FORGET about this one. Ahhh! I think it must be because I feel like it’s SO far off (when in reality, I know it’s not). The passing of the years only gets faster and faster (or so it seems), and with a family history of uterine fibroid tumors, this is something that I really should give a bit more thought to. Luckily, I know that when the time comes for me to “close up shop” and transition into a more crone phase of my life, I will feel empowered and prepared. There are many women in my life (mostly thanks to DiabetesSisters) that have either experienced menopause, or are currently preparing for/going through menopause. These ladies have given me great insight into this part of life that I know is eventually going to be my own reality.
Being a woman with diabetes isn’t easy. Our bodies are beautiful… but, my goodness, are they intricate! There are so many puzzle pieces that make up these physical forms we reside in during our time on Earth, and it’s not always easy to find the road to optimal health, but it is SO worth it! Understanding what’s going on inside of us, and figuring out the strategies for our own personal success, is what a true wellness journey is all about. Thankfully, there are abundant resources to assist us during the process, and, if you know where to look, peers who will help lead the way.