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An Interview With A Type 1

The following are actual questions and comments I have been asked/given over the years, and the replies I have given.

Q1. Are you going to die?

A1. Everyone dies. Diabetes is no longer a terminal disease. If you don't take proper care of yourself, then, yes, diabetes will kill you; usually slowly and painfully. But since the discovery of insulin and all the knowledge gained about diabetes, medical advances, and technological advances, diabetes no longer has to be terminal. It…


Added by Tamra on February 24, 2015 at 1:54pm — 5 Comments

Helping Someone with T1D and Eating Disorders

“I can do this,” I thought as I listened to the doctor explain how our daughter, Erin, had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. My mother had T1D. Yes, there had been a lot of advances in technology since her passing 15 years before, but the basics were still the same. It was all about numbers – measuring food, counting carbohydrates, blood glucose levels, insulin dosages, body weight, hours of activity, hours of sleep, etc. What I didn’t understand at the time was the mental and…


Added by MamaDawn on February 24, 2015 at 12:45am — 4 Comments

Changing my status

I got a pump today in the mail! I couldn't wait to get on to change my status. I'm excited and educated. Excited to get off the shots. Educated because of the stylish people on Thank you all for your bits of knowledge!

Added by bufbuffalo on February 23, 2015 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Let's Play With Numbers

I hate math. But life is all about numbers; especially a diabetic life. I guess my hatred for math could be one reason why I have such a difficult time getting through life and controlling my diabetes. I'm not bad at math, it actually isn't all that difficult in a day-to-day perspective. I just hate doing it, especially all day, everyday, over and over again. Ugh!…


Added by Tamra on February 23, 2015 at 9:54am — 5 Comments

FitBit health applications

A friend sold me her fitbit flex health tracker.


I love the fact that tracks so many different vial stats and is very flexible. I was wondering if anybody has tried to track or monitor their glucose results and or insulin injections with it. Do you know of an application that will sync the fitbit with your glucose monitor. I want something that will specifically…


Added by Christalyn on February 22, 2015 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

The Truth

One of my fellow bloggers had this line in a recent blog: We can’t do this alone, but we are alone. How true. Our culture orbits around food (remember Superbowl pre-game ads?), and how parties around food are much relied upon for good times involving fellowship with friends and/or family. We…


Added by Diabetic Dad on February 21, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment


This whole“being an adult” thing is not all it’s cracked up to be. I mean really? Do I really have to pay bills and do laundry, go grocery shopping and deal with my own health insurance.. Yes.

Actually it hasn't been all that bad. I jumped on to my own insurance for the first time this year after…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 19, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

She Should ...

The last few weeks have been kinda crazy around here…

Basketball season is well and truly in full swing – meaning that pretty much every single afternoon / evening / weekend is filled with basketball of some sort.. 

What does that mean..?

Well in Type 1 Diabetes land it means unpredictable and increasingly HARD to manage blood sugars.

more worry and less sleep for us D-parents


You should all know by now that …


Added by edenseffort on February 18, 2015 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

The Difficult Thing Is...

Diabetes is hard game. No joke. There are very few type one diabetics that will say, "It's easy." . To these diabetics I say, you are either the most awesome super hero in the world or you live the most strict and boring life, ever. This post is all about why being type one diabetic is so difficult for me. This is strictly my point of view based solely on my life with diabetes. In doing all my thinking and research I have found the sole reason I have such a hard time being…


Added by Tamra on February 16, 2015 at 6:39pm — 4 Comments

Stronger Than T1D

When I was a junior last year, we were given the English assignment to write about a struggle we have experienced and to talk about how we overcame that struggle. I chose to talk about diabetes. I figured I would share my essay with all of you.

The Realities of a Chronic Illness

Everybody at some point in their life has gone through a traumatic time or struggled with something. Struggles can have a powerful impact on the person’s life. These struggles can… Continue

Added by Cayla on February 14, 2015 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

I Said Yes To The Dress! - Wedding Dress Shopping with Diabetes

I walked out of the smaller than normal dressing room. Wearing a dress that was unbelievably comfortable. Eyes of my “entourage” (AKA my bridesmaids, his mom, my mom, step mom and grandma) fall on me and follow the dress to the floor. “That is beautiful” I hear from mostly everyone. Then I look into the mirror. This.. is it. For the first time the entire long wedding dress shopping day I feel like this is the one I could walk…


Added by Rachel Scott on February 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Another serving?

I know as a diabetic, many of us have other serious diseases not associated with the diabetes. I was recently diagnosed with Ataxia (more with the symptoms than the actual cause). And I am still trying to find out the cause and have been referred to Vanderbilt Hospital's Neurology Center.

I have had T1D for 23 years now, and I would say "battling" it, or "fighting" it, but it's kind of depressing having a battle for that long, although I figure it beats the alternative.



Added by Diabetic Dad on February 12, 2015 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

My highest BG reading ever

My pre-lunch BG reading on Tuesday was my highest reading ever, 445. I was one part freak out and one part puzzled because I thought I was on the straight and narrow when it came to eating.

Let me back up a bit. Tuesday was an unusual day for me. I'm three weeks into a new job, and I wanted to see whether it made sense for me to take the bus. As a result, I was up an hour earlier.

At 10 a.m., I wanted a midmorning snack. I had packed about a half cup of blueberries that took…


Added by Doug on February 12, 2015 at 5:09am — 4 Comments

Our "Food Allergies"

Last night I went out for dinner with some old friends. Old -- we go back many decades, to elementary school. Old -- because we are, 50+. And our bodies have aged. My friend has Type 2, for a few years already.

We ordered our meals. Mine is very low-carb. Fish, vegetables. My friend looked at at the menu and had a hard time deciding.

"I am trying to eat healthy.".

I asked, "What is healthy?"

My friend explained, "Bread has to be whole wheat." When the waiter came…


Added by Negg on February 12, 2015 at 4:12am — No Comments

How How I love my Pancreas

Dear Pancreas,

I love you more than DKA.

I love you to endo's office and back.

Pancreas, I will pick you over Justin Bieber any day.

Pancreas, you are the biggest failure of my life.

Pancreas, you and I go together like nutella and mustard.

Pancreas, I love you less than every other functional organ in my body.

Pancreas, I hope you know that I think you are the reason I have trust issues. You betraying me the way you did is…


Added by Cayla on February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Why I am Glad I Have Diabetes. Really!

I have several chronic conditions, autoimmune problems, and organs that are messed up and make me miserable. Still there is no disease that is as humbling as diabetes. It demands respect. In its "bag of tricks" it has the ability to torture you in small ways if you do not cooperate with it. It carries a big gun and you know it will use it if it has to.

It will cut you a break if you listen to it, do its bidding.

I have almost died several time, been on the brink of insanity due…


Added by lotsofshots on February 11, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Valentine's day 2015

Valentine's day 2015

We are a few days away from Valentine’s Day and it is time to be bombarded by compatibility tests, restaurant reservations, flower orders and candy isles at drug stores. Does anyone else get a little blue when you go into a small store and see row upon row of packaged candy ready to be sold. Just behind it was candy for Easter uuugh.…


Added by rick (aka: #blankieboy) on February 11, 2015 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Seeing an Endocrinologist After Eight Years Off

I never thought I'd say this but I was downright excited and giddy to see an endocrinologist today. Why? Because it's been eight years since I've been able to see one. I went nearly seven years without insurance and then once I regained insurance it took a year and a half before I was able to get a referral for an endocrinologist to go through.

So what happened at my appointment today? A lot of extremely good things. First I filled out a bunch of forms giving a detailed medical…


Added by Tamra on February 10, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

After burnout

Four weeks into a family holiday, away from the mundanity of every day, away from schedules, away from stresses, and I can see just how much better I feel – emotionally as well as diabetes-wise.

After writing an extremely raw account of the diabetes burnout I have been experiencing for some time, I have spent time wondering just how I was going to get diabetes back to a place that would stop causing me so much concern and guilt and stress and anxiety. Because that’s the thing with the…


Added by RenzaS on February 10, 2015 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Mom has cancer

In the last few weeks we have found out that my mom has cancer. We have known for a while that this was the most likely possibility however she is a nurse and we were pretty sure we knew which kind she had based on her symptoms. The biopsy told us that the lymphoma we thought she had was wrong and it is somewhere in her abdominal area. Being a hospice nurse she knows the symptoms of the cancers that happen there and we have a pretty good idea which terrible one it is. She has testing the…


Added by Kate07 on February 9, 2015 at 8:11pm — No Comments

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