I never liked Halloween growing up due to the fact it was when I was diagnosed. However, this year I decided to celebrate. It is just another day. Just because I was diagnosed on Halloween does not mean I must mourn all day. In honor of that, I went out and had a fabulous time this weekend. Lack of sleep doubled with dancing all night made for a rather tiresome day, but it was worthwhile. Halloween this year was memorable. (more on this later in the week)
Here are 21 things I have learned in 21 years of living with diabetes...
- Although I have diabetes, it does not dictate how I live my life.
- Unlike what the general public assumes, sweets will not kill me. The public often assumes wrong when it comes to type 1 diabetes.
- Transition from shots to an insulin pump was something I dreaded at first, but am so glad I ended up doing.
- Good doctors are a god-send.
- The online community is supportive. Reading blogs is something I never imagined myself doing, but now cannot imagine not doing it.
- I am stronger than I think I am.
- My fingers will always have dots on them, and that is okay. Sometimes other finger sticks will bleed to create random designs when I am checking my blood sugar. My favorite is the face. : -
- I've made so many mistakes with my diabetes, but have learned from each one. They have each made me a stronger person. (see #6)
- If a guy can't accept the fact that I have diabetes, he is a jerk.
- Being thankful that I am alive, healthy, and with no complications is something I hope will continue.
- Running helps me manage my diabetes better.
- Other sports do crazy things to my blood sugar.
- I love my meter, although it may be old school.
- Tucking my tubing in to pockets is necessary so my site does not get ripped out by a door, which has happened a number of times.
- People often think an insulin pump is not an insulin pump, but rather an ipod or camera. Don't you like to take pictures of your legs?
- Consistency is key to my management.
- Having a schedule and sticking to it help me manage my life and diabetes better
- People will always doubt what I am capable of if they only see a diseases, not a person.
- Support is key, no matter who it comes from.
- D-anniversaries should be celebrated, just like birthdays. It is a accomplishment to make it another year.
- Getting advice from others helps me take better care of myself. Thank you!
Over the past 21 years, I have heard so many times that a cure will be found for diabetes soon. That would be great, but whatever. I don't remember my life without it and think it would be weird but wonderful to transition to a life living d-free. However, I'm not sure that will ever happen. But it is always nice to hope.