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Monday, May 11, 2015

#DBlogWeek - Diabetes Blog Week - I can

Today is the first day of Diabetes Blog week started by Karen Graffeo six years ago.  You can sign up here if you would like to join: http://www.bittersweetdiabetes.com/p/2015-diabetes-blog-week-topics-posts.html

Diabetes:  I was diagnosed in 2000 a few months before turning 20 years old.  At the time it felt like a death sentence and I was incredibly depressed.

Today I know that Diabetes doesnt have to be a death sentence and it has taught me many valueable life lessons.



Through social media sites like facebook and other bloggers I have learned I am not alone in the way I feel about my life with Diabetes and I dont have to be alone either.

I use to be completely horrified of Diabetic pregnancy, I learned I could do it and I did do it.  I have a happy, very healthy 2 year old who makes my heart burst I love her so much and I love her especially more because I worked so hard to have her and to manage my disease while I was pregnant.  I am a Diabetic pregnancy Warrior!

Just up until 3 weeks ago I felt like my Diabetes was controlling my life again as my battle to obtain a better A1C and less blood sugar spikes and lows felt like a mountain I was just not able to climb.  Again Diabetes was limiting me even thought I did not want it to.  I decided it was time for me to face my fears and changed my ENTIRE way of eating.  I went low carb healthy/high fat and am following Dr. Bernsteins way of managing Diabetes.  Going low carb is not easy and I cant for the most part just grab something to eat out of a box or bag.  I have to cook EVERY thing I eat.  My family is also eating this way now, except my child who has a fully functioning pancreas still so she gets snacks and such but I dont allow her to eat junk and candy very often either.  Diabetes has brought me into a better, healthier way of eating that I probably would have never considered had I not had my pancreas decide to stop working. I will not allow my Diabetes to control me any longer.

Im still tweaking all my pump settings but staying under 150 all the time and not going low once or twice a day, for me, is HUGE.  HUGE.

#DBlogWeek

The topic for todays post: In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could?  Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

6 comments:

  1. I love that phrase "diabetic pregnancy warrior!" Congrats to you on your healthy 2 year old!

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  2. What a great example on how with hard work, we can do things we didn't think we could. What an inspiration!!

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  3. Hi, I noticed the name of your web site "I am a type 1 diabetic warrior". My son Marc has had type 1 diabetes since he was a baby, (2 years old), and he will be 34 years old next May. He has worked so hard at it, in terms of carb control and constant monitoring. It is indeed a challenging disease and war that only the warriors can overcome and win. I have fought this battle along side him, but know the battle has rested ultimately on his shoulders and has not been an easy one. He has been more brave and more successful at controlling this disease than I could ever be if I had it. It was interesting one day when I came across a book that listed the meanings of names. The book listed the meaning of his name Marc, as "Warrior". When I named him Marc when he was born, I didn't know how true he would have to be to the meaning of his name in order to live as an over comer of this tough battle called type 1 diabetes. Needless to say, I am proud of him, and I hold ALL of you young people who fight this battle in my heart, my prayers, and my deepest admiration and respect. God Bless- Sincerely, Denita

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    1. Denita,
      Thank you for sharing your son's story and for being such a huge supporter of those of us with Diabetes. Thank you for reading my blog and commenting as well. I personally appreciate your support.

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