Diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 2, I was fortunate to grow up in an era of some of the first medical breakthroughs in technology to assist in managing Type 1 Diabetes. While science is currently making great strides in trying to find a cure, battling blood sugars is still a constant endeavor.
To be honest, I would have thought after a couple decades that I’d have the secret figured out by now. Yet, every day is a new journey with opportunities to keep my blood sugars in normal range.
I’ve found that being committed to my health for the short and long term has made a big difference. Fulfilling action steps to have the life I desire has taken discipline through food, exercise, self- monitoring and now the assistance of a D.A.D. to maintain control.
Keeping in mind, that highs and lows still happen, regardless of how much effort put in. I have found that if I beat myself up for a high or low it doesn’t help and makes me feel worse, so now I look at what caused the high or low blood sugar and identify what action steps I can take next time to avoid the same result.
From personal experience, it can be helpful to stay open and honest with doctors, parents, caregivers, nurses, family and friends around who can assist in keeping myself healthy and safe. Also, keeping to the plan developed with my doctor has given a greater opportunity for my ideal style of life.
Most important has been to stay positive and know that every day is another chance to get better.
Lastly, I think that Shugga’s view of Type 1 Diabetes is that we are all just a littler sweeter, so let that sweetness come out and impact your world for the better & “Keep Living the Sweet Life”. - Amanda Bar
(Picture includes T3D Super Hero & Husband - Adam Bar)