How has your relationship to your diabetes changed in the last 5 years? Maybe you have learned new skills to help you better manage your blood sugars, or made needed progress in accepting your life with diabetes. Maybe you've gotten a little lax with your care and need to re-inspire your will power to eat carefully and exercise regularly.
Reflect on where you were the year TuDiabetes began and where you are now, and share the changes you see, either in the discussion below, in your blog (please post the link to your blog in the discussion below so we can find it), or with photos!
Wow, you have truly come a long way in that five years, Natalie. I definitely see your response to the school idiocy as what we call a "normal response to an abnormal situation." How could they expect anyone to function well under those circumstances?
I'm glad you put all that behind you and are here with all of us!
DEAR NATALIE GLAD YOU'RE OK NOW KEEP IT UP
I wasn't diabetic 5 years ago. Never would have occurred to me that it could happen. I was dx'd type 1 a year and a half ago, at age 38. Since then I have gotten on a pump, gotten my A1c into the low 5's, and now I'm 7 months pregnant. Crazy times.
Interesting that March is the 5 year anniversary of tudiabetes as March 1, 2007 was my first day on insulin. After 14 months of being "type 2" and on oral meds, I had finally convinced my family doctor to refer me to an endo. I first saw her towards the end of January and she tried one more kind of oral med (can't remember what at this point) with the instructions that if my BG had not improved within 3 weeks, to call and she would arrange for an insulin start, which was March 1.
Five years ago, my type 1 diabetes was barely a year old. I was still figuring all of these things out. Confusing still abounded. I really did not like injections, or testing so often throughout the day. Not my thing at all. I wanted to know why I was the one to get diabetes....why when I thought I was so healthy?
It was basically a big question mark. But now I definitely feel more positive, and that I am contributing to something important at the JDCA that can lead to a cure. It is ambitious, yet exciting.
Oh, and I joined the DOC, which has been a great an eye-opening experience. Part of the reason why I think a cure is achievable.
5 years ago - I was (and still am) in good control - I was training for a marathon, had done a couple of triathlons before I turned 30. Little did I know then that I was about to move across the world, meet the man of my dreams (and my soulmate), and have the time of my life.
So much has changed in 5 years - diabetes - still in good control! YAY.
Five years ago I was in the great state of denial. I took my meds but I didn't test, I didn't exercise, and I didn't watch what I ate. The strange thing is that my A1c's weren't much higher then than they are now that I do all those things. Diabetes is strange.
Oh my. 5 years ago? I was 9 months away from graduating with my undergraduate degree in Animal Science. I was happily riding horses and eating whatever I wanted, including massive amounts of Cadbury eggs at this time of year, plenty of pizza and pasta, and God knows what else.
What was diabetes? Well type 2 was something my Dad had... and type 1 was a nebulous cloud that the media always portrayed as little kids.. (with the exception of Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias)... (Incidentally, when I was diagnosed, all I could think of was Julia Roberts as Shelby in Steel Magnolias...)
Certainly didn't expect this 5 years later!
Here's a link to my blog response to this prompt! http://www.janekdickinson.com/?p=579
Five years ago, I thought I was an unhealthy type 2, with an A1-c that continued to go up. I moved form oral medications to Lantus with no improvement in numbers or physical being. My physician referred me to an endocrinologist and he started me on rapid acting insulin, much to my dismay. I thought I had failed miserably. It wasn't until a year later that my endo decided to do some additional tests to discover that I am actually an LADA diabetic, and with better treatment, I am doing well now.