Diabetes has been a major part of my life since childhood, when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. During the initial diagnosis I was overwhelmed, feeling scared and uncertain about my future. I questioned how I would manage my diabetes as I navigated through adolescence. After some intensive education from my endocrinologist and my family, I was able to start managing my disease through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and daily insulin injections.
Struggles: Fear, Uncertainty
Living with diabetes has been a major struggle for me. I have to constantly monitor my blood sugar levels and pay close attention to what I eat. I have to take my insulin at regular intervals and ensure that my diabetes is managed correctly. At times, it can be difficult to stick to my diabetes management plan, but I have learned to stay motivated.
Treatment: Education, Insulin
My treatment plan has allowed me to manage my diabetes more effectively. I learned to become comfortable with my finger pricks, insulin injections, and all the other treatments that came with my diagnosis. With the help of my family, I gained the confidence to keep going. I am learning to appreciate the foods available to me and to find joy in the everyday moments.
Optimism: Motivation, Appreciation
Today, I have a newfound sense of optimism and appreciation for my life. I’m still learning to manage my diabetes, but I’m confident in my abilities and hopeful that I will be able to live a full, healthy life. While there are still moments of fear, I’m reminded of the progress I have made and the strides I have taken in managing my condition.