I have Type One Diabetes! Type One Diabetes doesn't have me!
When I was three years old I was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes. I remember being in the hospital and running away from the nurse who was trying to give me a shot. For a three year old, or anyone for that matter, suddenly having to go to the hospital and start being bombarded with needles constantly is pretty scary. Now I've had T1D for 11 years and needles and blood most definatly do NOT scare me. They are an everyday part of my life.
During that first summer with T1D I went to Bearskin Meadows Camp, a camp for tyoe one diabetics for the first time. BMC is a place like no other. It's a place where everyone understands how hard T1D really is. Only other diabetics can really understand it. It is unlike any other disease or "disabillity". BMC is my second homw and the people I have met there are my family.
The rest of the time when I'm not at camp life can be really really hard. There are no other diabetics at my school and few in my town. No one gets it and people are constantly making ignorant comments that often kind of hurt. For example…
-"My grass allergy is much worse that your diabetes."
-"Were you fat?"
-"Are you going to die?"
And many others. They may seem funny, but they are annoying, somewhat hurtful, and so unbelievably ignorant. Luckly i have some really rad friends who make sure I'm stationary when my BG is low (when lows don't make me feel like death itself, I'm very hyper which does not help my low come up whatsoever), reminding me to check and bolus (although this can get to a point where it's annoying) and just makeing my life more fun, so that i can just sort of but not really, forget about all the #diabeticstuggles and have fun!
My friends have surprized me so much with how much they have done for this walk. I didn't expect anyone to raise more than like $5, and last year when we raised over $500 i was shocked and this year when we have yet again raised a large sum of money I am so happy! I am blessed to have such amazing friends.
In conclusion, although sometimes i wish i didn't have T1D, because of it i have had some really amazing unique experiences, learned so much, and met such amazing people. I can do everything everyone else can do and T1D will never stopp me from achiving my goals. I have type one diabetes. Type one diabetes doesnt have me.