Wake up. Check blood sugar. Get ready for the day. Check blood sugar. Count carbs. Take insulin. Eat breakfast. Two hours later, check blood sugar. Damn, it?s high, correct. Two hours later, lunch, check blood sugar. Count carbs. Take insulin. Eat lunch. Two to three hours later, check blood sugar, number is good. Two hours later, want to exercise. Check blood sugar, a little low, drink some juice. Wait 15 minutes. Check blood sugar, good to exercise. One hour later, all done exercising, check blood sugar, its high! To correct or not correct! No correction. Count carbs. Take insulin. Eat dinner. Three hours later, check blood sugar. It?s high, correct. Bedtime. Midnight, wake up feeling weird. Check blood sugar, its 42. Drink juice/glucose tabs/anything I can find because I feel like crap. Wait 15 minutes. Check blood sugar, all good. Back to bed. 5AM, time to start this all over again.
This is a typical day for someone with diabetes. And then we wonder why people with diabetes get so frustrated or burnt out with the constant care. This is our life, day in and day out. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, diabetes is always there.
I have been diabetic for 16 years and to be honest, it took 10 years for me to even fully accept what this diagnosis asks of me everyday. This year, I had a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, I was not really a type 1 diabetic, but some other genetic form. I started weaning off my insulin pump as I started on an oral medication. It seemed Ok at first, but I soon found out my body said ?NO Way, tricked ya!? I got those lab results back that confirmed I truly am type 1 diabetic. No matter how I look at it, or how I wish it away, there is no changing it.
So, why was it after having diabetes for 15 years, it is now like being diagnosed all over again. I feel that same ?Why me?? ?It?s not fair.? ?What does my future hold.? ?Will I end up with all those complications I always hear about?? I am struggling with that acceptance. Not the acceptance of the diagnosis itself, but the acceptance that this is my life, forever?day in and day out. There are no breaks, no vacations, because diabetes is always there.
In the world of diabetes care, there are 2 choices:
1.) Do what you need to do, check your blood sugar, count your carbs, take your insulin, even if we don?t like it. All this to stay healthy and live a long life.
2.) Don?t do anything. Don?t take care of yourself. Get sick. Develop complications. Die way too early.
So for me the choice is easy. I will take care of my diabetes, whether I like it or not. I will do it for my family, for my husband, for my children, but most importantly, I will do it for me.
This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, along with one-half million other walkers across the country, as we try to reach our goal of raising $90 million. And for the first time, scientists are predicting that we CAN expect to see a cure well within our lifetime!
Now, more than ever, you can make a crucial difference. I am walking to help raise money for all those living with diabetes, to try and make their life just a little bit easier. Won't you please donate to JDRF and support me and my family in this lifelong journey? Together, we can make the cure a reality!
I hope that my story has touched you, and you will consider making a donation (any amount helps)! You can log onto www.walk.JDRF.org ( and select donate to a walker) or make a check payable to JDRF and mail to me at 25518 N 54th Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85083.
Thank you for your support!
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Pediatric Endocrinology of Phoenix