1. How old were you when you were diagnosed? And/or how old is your diabetes now?
I was 15. Almost 4 years now.
2. What was your first reaction to your diagnosis?
At first I was just happy to be feeling better, then had a complete mindset change (I was really depressed at the time) that I needed to do more with my life, since I had just almost died.
3. Have you ever been to diabetes camp/events? Have you made any friends that way?
Nope. Nope nope. Unless you count the Walk, but I haven’t really made any friends there, I bring my own.
4. Do you know any other diabetics? (both online and IRL)
Yea, at least 8 IRL. I’ve been starting to get to know more online.
5. Pump, shots, or something else? Why? What meter/pump do you use?
Pumps. I recommend it. One Touch Ping/One Touch meter.
6. Do you advertise it or try to hide it? Any reason why?
Neither I guess. If people find out, cool, but it’s not the first, or tenth, thing that I tell them about myself.
7. What’s your favorite diabetic book/movie?
No idea. Most diabetic books are designed to scare the shit out of you, I think.
8. Did you have to make any major lifestyle changes when you were diagnosed?
Um, DUH. It’s a complete lifestyle change.
9. Have you ever traveled far away with it? What was that like?
New Mexico (backpacking), Bahamas, Kansas, New York, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, AZ. When I was in Puerto Rico I was going low CONSTANTLY.
10. What was your scariest diabetes moment?
Probably when I was in Puerto Rico on a training trip with my college swim team. We walked in to practice one afternoon and I checked my blood sugar before I got in the pool and I was in the 50’s. I ate and waited for it to come up, got back in the pool and about 15 min later I was in the 50’s again. It happened 2 more times that practice. One of my coaches (who is also T1) finally just told me to sit out the rest and take care of myself…. Either that or the night after I found out about Dead-in-bed syndrome, I woke up at 2:30am with a 44.
11. What’s your record for highs/lows?
The highest (besides Dx) was 589. Lowest, 24 or LO.
12. How’s your relationship with your endocrinologist?
I LOVE HER. She was a swimmer too so it’s pretty awesome. She has the BEST personality and I’m going to be sad when I have to leave her to go to an “adult” hospital. (I’m still going to Children’s haha)
13. What’s your favorite diabetes joke?
What did one meter say to the other? HI-LO
14. Have you ever gotten in trouble for doing something diabetes-related that someone didn’t think was allowed? (Bolusing in class, blood sugar test in a meeting, eating at work, etc)
Right after I was diagnosed, I had to keep all my stuff (even my meter) in the nurses office. My APUSH teacher started to hate me because I had to go to the nurse all the time.
15. What’s your favorite oh-gosh-my-diabetes-hate-me-for-eating-this food?
Mexican, chinese, cake.
16. Do you own/use any diabetic cookbooks?
My mom got a ton after I was diagnosed.
17. Has being diabetic gotten you any privileges? (scholarships, special treatment, etc)
No. I was going to apply for a diabetic scholarship for college, but the application was like 2039482934 pages long and needed I had to get stuff signed by my endo but it’s super hard to get an appointment and what not.
18. What advice would you give a newly-diagnosed diabetic?
It’ll be all right, and I’m here to talk to. Don’t take things so seriously. Don’t let it take over your life. It’ll become a part of you, but don’t let it define you. It’s a part of me now and I don’t think I would give it up if I could, terrible hardships and inconveniences and pain and embarrassment and all. It shaped me. And keep an eye on your mental health. It f***s us all. I have more disorders/conditions than I can count and that’s not uncommon with diabetics because of the bodily reactions that come along with it and the stress and responsibilities, but it can be a blessing at times.
19. What’s your best diabetes moment?
How excited/interested some people are to learn about it. And some of the crazy donations I have gotten for the JDRF walks. <3
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