Before & After

Do you remember your life before diabetes?

I was thinking about the Bionic Pancreas the other day. What it does and how life is different for the few days that people are on it. How they can eat what they want and do what they want and they don’t have to think about numbers or symptoms or back-up plans. The idea that, for the most part, life on the bionic pancreas means just being. I know that a bionic pancreas is not a cure. But it made me think about what it could be like to have life almost without diabetes.

I thought about what it would be like to eat a meal and not check my blood sugar, count carbs, take insulin, and wonder if what I did would be enough. I thought about it and I realized that I’d never really done it before. Of course, having been diagnosed at eight and half years old, there were plenty of meals where I ate without thinking about what I was doing. Hundreds of meals, actually.

And I don’t remember any of them.

I have only the faintest memories of life before diabetes. I remember playing in the sprinklers at day care. I remember the day my brother was born. I remember throwing up in my elementary school’s hallway when I was six (it was quite traumatic). I remember my second grade teacher reading stories in his funny voices. I remember… There’s not much before diabetes.

But I remember diabetes.

I remember the weeks leading up to my hospitalization. I remember the persistent thirst, waiting in line at school for a drink of water and then going to the end of the line for just one more. I remember my third grade teacher pulling me aside, commenting on my pale skin and dark circles, asking if everything was okay. I remember waking up three, four times a night to pee. I remember my dad sitting in my desk chair in the middle of the night, waiting for me when I got back from the bathroom. I don’t remember what he said, but I remember it scared the shit out of me.

Then there’s the day I was diagnosed. I remember the fluorescent yellow lights of my pediatrician’s bathroom as I peed into a cup. Oddly enough, I remember my reflection in the mirror. I remember waiting for the phone call. I remember my mother telling me I had diabetes. I remember the drive to the hospital. I remember throwing up all over myself. I remember feeling very small in the Intensive Care Unit.

My strongest, most vivid memories begin with diabetes. And I carry diabetes with me through all the memories that came after. Many wonderful things have happened since being diagnosed with diabetes, but the truth is that diabetes was there for all of it. Prom, graduation, learning to drive, moving away, college, moving away again, traveling, getting married. My memories are not only about diabetes, but diabetes was still there.

There is so very little before diabetes. But maybe someday I will have an After.

 

 

Womanly Woes

I started my period today.

I know it’s not polite conversation to talk about such things, but diabetes doesn’t really give two hoots about polite conversation, does it? It affects everything, including something that is already painful and annoying enough as it is.

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of questions pop up in the diabetes community about whether or not women have issues with their blood sugars around their period. And the answer is: hell yes it does.

For the most part, the pre-period hormones, progesterone and estrogen, can cause insulin resistance during the week to 10 days before the period starts. Personally that’s when I noticed my blood sugars going up the most and it’s a fairly consistent pattern. One study at the University of Buffalo positively identified progesterone and estradiol as impacting insulin resistance. However, anecdotally I’ve heard of some women who deal with low blood sugar before and during the period, but I’m not entirely sure what would cause that because biologically, hormones cause insulin resistance (seen most commonly in the dawn phenomenon).

ptrack2One thing I have found helpful is tracking my menstrual cycle using an app called Period Tracker (I use the Lite version). I enter when I start and stop my cycle, and the app predicts based on my previous cycles when I should start the next one. It allows you to track a few things, like your symptoms, as well as your fertility (if you’re trying for a baby). I haven’t spent much time tracking my insulin resistance or other PMS symptoms using the app, but I imagine it could be helpful to see how far in advance you typically start having issues so you can be on the lookout. You can set the app to remind you when your period is about to start, so having the head’s up could be useful.

Right now, my app is set to alert me four days before I’m due to start my period so I can be on the look-out for any suspicious rises in blood sugar. I haven’t really tracked when my insulin resistance typically starts, but observationally I haven’t noticed any consistency. If I notice unusual high blood sugars, then I’ll check the app to see how far out I am. If it’s a week or so before my period, I attribute any strange blood sugars to my cycle. But if it’s more like two or three weeks before, then I know it’s something else. Most of the time my insulin resistance will go away the day or so before my period starts, but typically I noticed things calming back down after my period actually starts.

To deal with the insulin resistance, I’ve tried a combination of things. I’ve used temp basal rates, usually about 30 to 50% more, but I usually end up tanking after awhile. There are a lot of mountains and valleys! Something I’ve noticed more recently is that my insulin-to-carb ratio and my correction factor needs tweaking, as my blood sugar will not come down with a correction or it will go up after a meal and not come down all the way.

Unfortunately, Omnipod doesn’t allow me to have various pre-set insulin-to-carb ratios or correction factors, so I tend to be pretty lazy about this. I don’t think any of the other pump companies do this either, but someone correct me if I’m wrong! I end up just being more aggressive with correcting, taking additional units of insulin even when my pump says I have enough insulin on board.

The Diabetes UK website mentions that some women can notice that this phenomenon varies from month to month, and as I mentioned earlier, I have noticed that my hormone levels do not consistently affect my blood sugars. This is one reason that I find the Period Tracker app so useful. I have occasionally started my period without having dealt with any insulin resistance at all. Because it’s not always predictable, it can be easy to get lazy about tracking what’s going on.

Before I started tracking my cycle, I would have days of insulin resistance that felt like a complete mystery because I couldn’t tell if it was associated with my menstrual cycle or not. Now that I’m tracking, it’s easier for me to spot the correlations between my blood sugar and my cycle. I also know that if my blood sugars are going up from my menstrual cycle it means I can leave my normal basal rate alone. It can seem like there are new patterns in blood sugar that need fixing, but in reality it’s just a temporary blip that doesn’t require a complete basal and bolus overhaul.

Although it’s incredibly frustrating, it’s nice to know that if you think your blood sugars are going up before your period, you are not going crazy. Well, you might be going crazy, but that’s just normal PMS. Nothing to do with diabetes (or so we think…).

Musings On Famous Diabetes Bloggers & Advocates

It’s that time of year again. The summer season features three of the largest diabetes conferences: ADA’s Scientific Sessions, CWD’s Friends For Life, and AADE’s Annual Meeting. Thousands of people converging to share new insights and experiences in living with and / or managing diabetes. It’s also become the time of year when more and more diabetes bloggers get the spotlight for the work they do in the Diabetes Online Community. This isn’t to say that spotlight isn’t on certain people the rest of the year. But with so many in person meetings happening between June and September, it seems that the variations of the phrase “famous diabetes bloggers” pop up more often.

And it drives me up the freaking wall.

I suppose it’s because I have a unique perspective. I started alongside — or even before — many of the well-know famous bloggers that everybody clamors to meet. Some might even say that I am one of those top bloggers, but I don’t personally feel that way. I’m not on any best blogger lists, I don’t get hundreds of emails, and I used to participate in blogger forums. But I’m not writing this to get pity or fish for compliments.

What I want to talk about is this hierarchy that I’ve seen develop in the Diabetes Online Community. I suppose I have the unique perspective because I’ve known the top bloggers that you — and I, of course — adore for many years. I knew them before they were famous. And I know how normal they are. I know how flawed they are. I know that they are simultaneously the nicest people you could ever meet, and I also know how stressed out and strapped for time they are. I know that there are so many diverse personalities in the DOC, I know that not all of us are besties, and I know that we all try very hard to be as inclusive as we can but we are sometimes trapped by the confines and habits of pre-existing friendships.

Did I destroy your illusions of the DOC upper class? Good.

When I hear recaps about people’s experiences at conferences, I always love hearing how people felt connected, how they learned so much for being with others or attending sessions with experts (who are also insanely normal and easy to talk to), and how they felt better and more hopeful about life with diabetes.

But what gets me every time is when people talk about how afraid they are to talk to the “big bloggers” of the DOC. And I just shake my head thinking “Whyyyyyy?” It kills me because I honestly know that each one of them wants to meet you. I know that these guys and gals are just doing their thang. And I also know that having the gift for communicating via the written word, or the time, energy and patience to create an online community of thousands, or the perseverance and strategic know-how to kick the FDA in the ass does not mean you are a better human being.

I know how easy it is to be shy and to think that people don’t want to talk to you. Even me, a quasi-big blogger (medium blogger?), sometimes gets tongue-tied and gun-shy around people. And I know what it’s like to admire people and be completely convinced that you are the tiniest, most insignificant speck in their world. When I was at the DHF fundraiser at the ADA Scientific Sessions, Ed Damiano recognized me. The guy who invented the bionic pancreas knew who I was without me having to tell him. And Aaron Kowalski waved at me too! And I was like “Whaaaa?” These guys meet about a billion people every year. How could they remember little old me? But that’s the whole thing that drives me nuts because then I think to myself, well, why wouldn’t they remember me? I’ve worked with them. I interviewed them. I’ve done stuff. I’m around. Why do I expect that no one remembers me?

When I see comments from some of the newer bloggers who say that they are shocked people know who they are, trust me, I’ve been there. And that’s why I want to reach out and give everyone a little boost of confidence when it comes to being a part of the DOC. Don’t let the idea of “big bloggers” fool you. They might have a larger readership but no one is better than you. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. We all have areas of our lives that we decide to devote more time to. We all work hard at something that means a great deal to us. And sometimes we get lucky breaks.

While the division between type 1s and type 2s will always reign supreme, I feel like the division between “popular bloggers” and “everyone else” could ruin the fabric that is the Diabetes Online Community. It might seem harmless or unintentional, but I think this kind of “big” versus “small” blogger thinking is unhealthy. It’s not needed! I’m not saying we’re at risk for imminent destruction, but I see these comments pop up every so often and it worries me what people might really be thinking. I don’t want to see the DOC ruled by some artificial hierarchy.

When we elevate people far above what is called for, it’s disturbing. It can be soul-crushing for some people. It’s not fair to either side. While there are many people who deserve respect and admiration for what they do, they should not be idolized like gods. They are not superhuman, even when it seems that way. They are very much human. They are very much lovely people. And you are lovely too.

The Become A Better Blood Sugar Whisperer WINNERS!

6a0120a678c547970b019b0013ae37970d-piWow! What an amazing week! Before I announce the winners, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the Become A Better Blood Sugar Whisperer giveaway bonanza! I was so happy to see that more than 50 people entered to win some really amazing prizes. I loved reading each comment, learning about how a particular prize might help you become a better blood sugar whisperer.

Of course, none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for my amazing sponsors: Integrated Diabetes Services, Sugar Medical, Tallygear, Demos Health, Spry Publishing, GlucoLift, Diabetic Living, and MySugr. You guys rock!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the winners!

As previously explained, the giveaway winners are selected in the order the giveaways were listed. They are also listed by the name with which they left a comment. If you win one giveaway, you are ineligible for any subsequent giveaways you may have entered. If you won a giveaway, you have already received an email.

Giveaway #1
A comprehensive diabetes self-care assessment and tune-up with Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, 2014 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and author of Think Like A Pancreas.
The Winner:
Elena Lien

Giveaway #2
Sugar Bags from Sugar Medical in your choice of color.
The Winner:
secretagentsinglemom

Giveaway #3
The Original Tummytote Belt from Tallygear in your choice of color.
The Winner:
Charlotte Beasley

Giveaway #4
GlucoLift prize pack with a bottle, tube and Tandem tin in your choice of flavor.
The Winner:
Colleen

Giveaway #5
One year subscription to Diabetic Living magazine.
The Winner:
Gogogone

Giveaway #6
The Complete Diabetes Organizer by Susan Weiner, RDN, MS, CDE, and 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year.
The Winner:
Jeanne Shedore

Giveaway #7
MySugr Companion Pro app
The Winner:
Jennifer

Giveaway #8
An autographed copy of Dealing with Diabetes Burnout by Ginger Vieira
The Winner:
Christine

Giveaway #9
An autographed copy of Think Like A Pancreas by Gary Scheiner
The Winner:
Anthony Dellett

Giveaway #10
Diabetes Do’s and How To’s by Riva Greenberg
The Winner:
Nina

Congratulations to the winners!! I wish I could give prizes to everyone who entered, but I promise you this is not the last giveaway here at The Blood Sugar Whisperer. There will be many, many more opportunities in the future! Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

Become A Better Blood Sugar Whisperer GIVEAWAY BONANZA!

giveawayWelcome to my 100th post and the beginning of the Become A Better Blood Sugar Whisperer GIVEAWAY BONANZA! I’m so happy you’re here and I’m thrilled to bring you some amazing prizes donated by the wonderful companies sponsoring this giveaway.

Please take a look at the preview to learn more about individual items. You can also click on the image above each giveaway to visit that item’s official website. Because I run my blog on WordPress.com, I can’t use the Javascript of Rafflecopter so just click on the link to enter the giveaway.

Each giveaway is run independent, which means you can enter to win which ever prizes you want. However, to keep things fair, you can only win one giveaway. I will select winners in the order the giveaways are listed. If you win Giveaway #1, you are ineligible to win Giveaway #2-#10.

The main way to enter each giveaway is to leave a comment on this blog post – Note: you cannot use Rafflecopter to leave a comment. Share a little bit about why you want to win the giveaway you entered or why you would like to become a better blood sugar whisperer. You can use the same comment to enter each giveaway. You don’t need separate comments!

After that, you can earn additional entries by following me on Twitter, liking The Blood Sugar Whisperer on Facebook, and tweeting about the giveaway! You can tweet about the giveaway each day to gain more entries. Again, you can use these entries for each giveaway.

Only Giveaway #1 and #7 are open to international residents. The giveaway is open through Sunday, July 6.

Giveaway #1

A comprehensive diabetes self-care assessment and tune-up with Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, 2014 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and author of Think Like A Pancreas.

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Giveaway #2

Sugar Bags from Sugar Medical in your choice of color.

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Giveaway #3

The Original Tummytote Belt from Tallygear in your choice of color.

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Giveaway #4

GlucoLift prize pack with a bottle, tube and Tandem tin in your choice of flavor.

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Giveaway #5

One year subscription to Diabetic Living magazine.

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Giveaway #6

The Complete Diabetes Organizer by Susan Weiner, RDN, MS, CDE, and 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year.

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Giveaway #7

MySugr Companion Pro app

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Giveaway #8

An autographed copy of Dealing with Diabetes Burnout by Ginger Vieira

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Giveaway #9

An autographed copy of Think Like A Pancreas by Gary Scheiner

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Giveaway #10

Diabetes Do’s and How To’s by Riva Greenberg

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The winners will be announced on Monday, July 7. Good luck!

ANNOUNCING: The “Become A Better Blood Sugar Whisperer” GIVEAWAY!

giveawayI’m not a Blood Sugar Whisperer. It’s an aspirational title. But I do believe that we can become better blood sugar whisperers through knowledge.

Knowledge is power.

In honor of my upcoming 100th blog post (this post is #99), I am throwing a HUGE giveaway bonanza starting Monday, June 30 to celebrate and to help all of you become better blood sugar whisperers too! Woohoo!

And I have some really REALLY awesome prizes that have been generously donated to the cause. Check ‘em out! (Prizes are listed in order of value.)

Giveaway #1: A comprehensive diabetes self-care assessment and tune-up with Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, 2014 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and author of Think Like A Pancreas. Now this guy is a blood sugar whisperer! The consult can be provided in-person at their Philadelphia office or remotely via phone or video chat.  Available to US and international residents. (Value: $190)

Giveaway #2: Sugar Bags from Sugar Medical in your choice of color. Created by the sister of a PWD, these diabetes meter kits from Sugar Medical are a great way to hold all of your D-gear safely and stylishly! The “Universal Strap System” secures any sized blood glucose meter inside the supply case with the ease of seeing your test results through a clear vinyl strap. Four elastic loops inside can be used for insulin pens, testing strips, insulin vials, glucose tabs, or personal items such as chap stick or a jump drive. (Value: $29.99)

Giveaway #3: The Original Tummytote Belt from Tallygear in your choice of color. Want a better way to carry all your D-devices and gear helping you to be a better blood sugar whisperer? Created by a mom of a type 1 PWD, the belt can be used to carry many tech devices (insulin pump, CGM-continuous glucose monitor, cellphone & personal music player) along with many small items (cash, credit card, keys, snacks, testing supplies) securely and discreetly. The Tummietote belt is also offered with 1 or 2 optional clear view vinyl windows so that you can view your tech device without ever taking it out of the pocket. (Value: $26.95)

Giveaway #4: GlucoLift prize pack with a bottle, tube and Tandem tin in your choice of flavor. Becoming a better blood sugar whisperer means being prepared when thing go awry. GlucoLift makes all-natural glucose tablets with no artificial colors or flavors, no gluten, and is owned by Chris Angell, a type 1 PWD himself! Flavors include Wildberry, Cherry and Orange Cream. (Value: $20)

Giveaway #5: One year subscription to Diabetic Living magazine. Diabetic Living magazine features articles about living with diabetes, recipes, fitness tips and profiles of people with diabetes. Plus, I’m contributing several articles in upcoming issues! (Value: $19.97)

Giveaway #6: The Complete Diabetes Organizer by Susan Weiner, RDN, MS, CDE, and 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. This guidebook offers tips and tricks to maintain your diabetes with less effort and more confidence, allowing you to enjoy a healthier,  stress-free life. The book also features certified professional organizer and ADHD Specialist Leslie Josel who shares simple, surefire techniques that will allow you to disentangle yourself from the clutches of chronic disorganization. 5 stars on Amazon! (Value: $19.95)

Giveaway #7: MySugr Companion Pro app. The Companion is a charming, sometimes outspoken diabetes manager. The app has a similar purpose as a diabetes logbook. It provides immediate feedback and helps you stay motivated. You win points for every entry made which help tame your diabetes monster. The goal is to tame your monster every day. Challenges are available to help you set and attain personal goals. Available to US and International residents. (Value: $19.95)

Giveaway #8: An autographed copy of Dealing with Diabetes Burnout by Ginger Vieira. Don’t let diabetes burnout get in your way of being a blood sugar whisperer! This book provides the tools and encouragement needed to help readers get back on track and make diabetes management a rewarding priority. Chapters directly address burnout in relation to: food, exercise, insulin dosing, blood sugar checking, fear of low blood sugar, being a caregiver/spouse of a person with diabetes, communicating more effectively with your doctor, taking a healthy “vacation” from diabetes, and creating realistic expectations and goals. 5 stars on Amazon! (Value: $18.95)

Giveaway #9: An autographed copy of Think Like A Pancreas by Gary Scheiner. If you can’t chat one-on-one with Gary, then at least you can keep him on your bookshelf! The book discusses day-to-day blood glucose control and monitoring; measuring and matching insulin to carbohydrate intake; the pluses and minuses of different insulin-delivery methods; hypoglycemia; exercise; the impact of emotions, stress, and illness; and the dozens of other issues that everyone taking insulin needs to master. 5 stars on Amazon! (Value: $17)

Giveaway #10: Diabetes Do’s and How To’s by Riva Greenberg. Riva clears up the confusion, stops the overwhelm, and with a team of top diabetes experts, guides you through 65 steps to improve how you deal with food and eat healthy, bring your weight within a normal range if necessary, begin or accelerate your fitness and enjoy it, manage your medicines, lab tests and doctor visits, progress while staying positive, and so much more. 5 stars on Amazon! (Value: $16.95)

 

Each item is its own giveaway. You can enter whichever giveaways you want to win. However, you can only win one giveaway. I will select winners in the order the giveaways are listed, so if you win Giveaway 1, you will be ineligible for Giveaway 2-10. You remain eligible until you win something. There will be multiple ways to enter a giveaway, with additional entries given for following me on Twitter or Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway.

The giveaway bonanza will be open from Monday, June 30 until Sunday, July 6.

Thank you to Integrated Diabetes Services, Meredith, Demos Health, Spry Publishing, Sugar Medical, GlucoLift, Tallygear, and MySugr for donating the items! You rock!

Doing Well & Kicking Butt

kickbuttWe’ve all been there: someone you’ve recently who has just learned you have diabetes decides to tell you that someone they know died or suffered with complications or had a totally and completely miserable existence thanks to their diabetes.

And you’re like, gee, thanks.

Do you ever wonder why people choose to tell you that particular story about that particular person? I used to think it was just because they wanted to be relate to you and your experience with something they’ve experienced. But recently I’ve started to wonder why all these experiences also happen to be fairly negative.

Last night I attended a meeting with my local Junior League chapter. The members of my committee got together for dinner to introduce ourselves and hear about the upcoming year. As we were chatting about pregnancy and babies over pasta salad and fruit, I mentioned that I had type 1 diabetes (trust me, it made sense in context).

One woman asked me if there were any symptoms of low blood sugar that they needed to be aware of, which I thought was sweet. I said that I usually feel them plus I had a continuous glucose monitor. The woman then said that she had a professor who constantly passed out because of his diabetes. I explained that sometimes if people have diabetes for a long time they can become hypoglycemic unaware, but she seemed to think it was just because he wasn’t in good control.

Then another woman said that she had a friend in high school who was really bad with her diabetes because she didn’t take insulin because she didn’t to gain weight. I’m actually working on a story about diabulimia (and have written about it previously) and shared that it’s a real condition.

These weren’t the typical “Oh my grandmother died from diabetes” stories so it didn’t register in my head that these girls were being rude or insensitive. And of course, I seized the opportunity to do some educating because, well, have you met me?

But as I was leaving the meeting and driving home, it occurred to me that while I wasn’t angry or offended, I was sad.

I was — am — sad that the only person with diabetes they could think to tell me about were people who were having a difficult time with diabetes. I know better than to be judgmental and say they were out of control or bad diabetics, because we know it’s so much more complicated than that. But the fact is that these people were having a really hard time with their diabetes. It was affecting their life so much that other people noticed, remembered, and then relayed the story to someone years later at a dinner party.

I reflected on other instances where people have told me about PWDs that they know and the vast majority of them are people who simply aren’t doing well. Or at least, they aren’t doing well in the eyes of the person talking to me. And I don’t know how much truth there is to what these people tell me second-hand, but perception is a main factor when it comes to how people feel about something.

I think it’s unfortunate that so many people are building their perception about diabetes around these experiences, not just because they are fairly negative experiences but because they are a very incomplete and uninformed picture of life with diabetes. These woman may have gone years thinking terrible things about these PWDs, not knowing that hypoglycemia unawareness and diabulimia are very real, very serious issues that PWDs don’t have any control over.

As I was driving home, I wondered how many of those women would remember me if they ever happen to meet another PWD again. Would they tell this person that they knew a woman in Junior League pursuing a Masters in Psychology to help other people with diabetes? Maybe. Maybe not.

When I posted about this on Facebook, a friend of mine wrote back that she thought it might have to do with confirmation bias, or the fact that those prior experiences fit their expectation of a what a diabetic “was supposed to look like.”

But it made me also wonder why we don’t hear more stories of people meeting someone who says “Oh, I have a friend with diabetes and she’s doing great! Just had her first baby!” I know people like that.

Or how about “I have a friend who’s running across Canada.” I know someone who is.

Or maybe “I have a friend who was Miss America and then got her PhD in public health” I got one of those, too.

Or perhaps “I have a friend who just ran his first half-marathon.” Have you met him?

There are so many people doing well and kicking butt with their diabetes. Sometimes I wonder why we aren’t remembered more often. Is it that unimpressive? Or are we not talking about it enough? One friend of mine tweeted in response to my rant that maybe should celebrate our successes more, so that people have better stories to tell.

I wholeheartedly think we need to celebrate our successes more often. Not to diminish the severity of diabetes, because it is a very thin line we walk. On one hand, we want people to know how serious and dangerous diabetes can be. But on the other, we want people to know that diabetes doesn’t have to ruin your life.

I’m lucky that I do know so many people with diabetes who are kicking ass and taking names. If I had just been diagnosed, hearing those stories would be terrifying. It also isn’t the full picture of how real life with diabetes is.

It’s important to know that diabetes is hard, frustrating and scary and it’s also important for people to know that we can live happy, fulfilling lives at the same time. And if they do see someone who is struggling with their diabetes they would see it as an opportunity to help, and not cast that person aside as lazy or out of control.

With an ever increasing number of PWDs in the world, people hear a lot about diabetes and its complications. And while complications can happen and we do need a cure, there are plenty of people who are living happy, fulfilling lives. Some of these people even have complications or other difficult situations with their health! I want people to hear more of those stories.

And that’s why I’m here.