Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes + Acne = Me

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This month’s Diabetes Sisters theme, Menstruation, Menopause and Everything in Between is huge. It covers the majority of a woman’s life.  For me, however, when dealing with diabetes, it’s the “everything in between” piece that is most challenging and confounding.  Can I be honest?  What’s “in between” in my life is more acne than a junior high school class picture.  If there is anyone reading this who has never had a pimple, you might want to move on, this blog is not for you.  For the rest of us – can we please join together in one giant “WHY ME???”  I’m 48 years old and I feel like a teenager. And not in a carefree, naïve sort of way.  I mean, I feel like a teenager in the drugstore, debating between salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products. Piling on makeup in the hopes that no one will notice (or at least, not be so grossed out they have to pin their eyes on my necklace instead of my face while talking to me).

Before Diabetes - After Diabetes

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I will never forget the moment I was told I have diabetes. It was a Thursday afternoon and I was at work, sitting at my desk when the phone rang. It was my doctor. She said, "Eileen, you have diabetes. You need to come see me first thing tomorrow morning." It was that simple. And yet, it wasn't simple at all. I was 43, thin, healthy, and active. Many people would say to me over the coming years, "How can you have diabetes? You are the healthiest person I know!" Yep, I was the healthiest person I knew! Only now I was the healthiest person with DIABETES. As if this weren't complicated enough, like most adults, I was misdiagnosed as a Type 2, by my first two doctors. I did everything right and my A1C continued to rise. I tried a third doctor. The nurse advised me that because I was thin, I didn't need any medication at all. And she argued with me when I insisted that type 2 treatment wasn't working and I really thought there was something else going on. The final straw was when she said to me "you sound like you want to be type 1." Really? Does anyone WANT to have diabetes? of any kind? Really?

Equal Parts Kale and Oreos: Finding Balance

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Growing up, our fridge was filled with organic produce, local and grassfed beef, and plenty of fresh fruit. My friends would look at my mom, with her waist-length hair and denim jackets, and quietly observe that she was “a real hippy!” Feel free to roll your eyes at this - it’s about as cookie-cutter organic as it sounds. My parents did a wonderful job of teaching my sister and I what a healthy diet means. Now, however, I’m a hormonal adult trying to do the best I can with the big stuff of adulthood, and my diet definitely falters.

Reconciling Blood Sugar Guilt with a Happy Heart

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Last night, I Googled “healthy eating diabetes” and the results were, to be honest, pretty boring. Toggling over to the “image” results gave me a bland array whole wheat bread loaves, low fat yogurt, and a cookie with a red circle and a line through it. I immediately had a flashback to my nutritionist handing me rubber flaps of “cereal.” I would tell her how many carbohydrates I thought the “cereal” had, my eyes glazing over while I picked a random number. I remember my 11-year old freshly diagnosed mind thinking, “This lady is crazy. She thinks I eat rubber! Get me out of here.”

Food; A Friend and A Foe

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Food can be a friend and can be a foe.  Food does a lot of good for every living organism on earth.  It gives us the energy to get through the day.  As with everything we have to watch ourselves, and monitor every aspect of life.  No matter if we have diabetes or not, however when we have diabetes it totally changes everything.  Too much food, can cause a high blood sugar, which can cause us to turn into the Wicked Witch of the West, but then again low blood sugar can make us just as mean.  None of us is perfect but all we can do is our best.  

My Hidden D Secret and Wake-up Call

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On the outside, I may look like a happy go lucky 28 year old diabetic women (wow-reality is setting in that I am no longer a kid anymore), however my inside is much different.  I don’t think there is a such thing as a perfect diabetic. If there is one, let me know whom it is.  For all of us have had our fair share of moments.   I have 2 things that I need to clean out of my diabetes closet.  The first one is, I have hid on countless of times, the real truth of why certain things with my diabetes is happening.

Diabetes Break

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I don’t know about you, but haven’t you noticed something- that Diabetes cannot tell the difference.  Diabetes is a health issue that shows impartiality to all.  Anyone from any ethnicity, background, economic status, and age can end up with diabetes.  It doesn’t even matter if you roam the earth with 2 legs or have 4 legs and fur.  It’s a relentless, tiring, 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year, payless job.  It doesn’t take time off neither and follows you everywhere you go.  We as diabetics just have to learn to squeeze it in to the rest of life, and you do.    

The Important Job of a “D” Watchman

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Looking back I have to say I was so lucky and blessed.  Over the past few years, I have heard of many diagnosis stories that involved a fellow diabetic being either unconscious or near death’s door before they found out about their diagnosis. Thank goodness, mine wasn’t that way and was caught in the “nick of time”.