Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

“I COULD NEVER BE DIABETIC! I’M AFRAID OF NEEDLES!”

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Although I know people don’t mean harm by saying this, I hate hearing this.

I hate the illogic of it–that I might have a choice in the matter. That somehow I’ve chosen the needles, the blood, the stupid Diet Coke. That somehow fear could conquer the factors that lead to an autoimmune disease.

Traveling Abroad & Trusting Yourself

Type 1 Diabetes Blog

Lately, I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from people with type 1 diabetes who want to study/work/live abroad. Their stories are different, their destinations are different, but at the core of each one is the same issue: How will I take care of my diabetes while I’m abroad? What advice do you have for me? Some just flat out say, I’m scared. 

Getting Insulin Abroad Part 2

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The doctor led me to a large, clean, bright-white room. It had everything that a doctor's office in the US has, such as an exam table, medical posters on the walls, and sterilization equipment, but it also had a large desk with a computer and several chairs. Luckily, this doctor spoke English. (During my second visit several months later, however, the doctor did NOT speak English, so thankfully by then my French was at a much, much higher level.) I didn't need an exam, so we went straight to his desk. I told him I had Type 1 diabetes.