I had just entered high school when I first received my type 1 diabetes diagnosis. It came as a shock, and I felt my world spinning as the doctor told me my blood sugar levels were dangerously high. I had to make some big changes: start testing my blood sugar, adjust what I eat and when, and begin a new regimen of insulin injections.
The first few months were really hard. I had to learn how to manage my diabetes and stick to my treatment plan. It was a lot to adjust to, and it can get overwhelming. Still, with the support of my family and my doctor, I was able to figure out a routine that worked for me.
The real challenge came when I went to college. I was no longer living with my parents and had to take on the full responsibility of managing my diabetes. A few times I forgot to check my blood sugar or take my insulin before a meal, and it was a scary reminder of why I have to stay on top of my diabetes.
Now, I’m entering my fourth year of college and have a better handle on managing my type 1 diabetes. I’m in a better head space and more mindful of my health. I even offer support to other people with diabetes, which helps me to stay focused on my own management.
I’m happy to report that I’m living and learning with type 1 diabetes. I’m incredibly grateful for all the support I’ve received over the years and for the advancements in diabetes care. I’m also thankful that I have a platform to share my story, in the hopes that it helps someone else living with diabetes.