Why I am grateful for T1

My journey with T1 is one that has crossed many states, included a variety of endocrinologists, CDE’s, and dieticians, different insurance companies, 17 years’ worth of Minimed and then Medtronic insulin pumps, a Dexcom CGM, the American Diabetes Association, the JDRF, diabetes camp in 3 states – two years as a camper and the rest as a staffer, fundraisers – whether my first half-marathon in Las Vegas in 2001 for the ADA or a race next month for the JDRF.

Like anything that is new, it can be scary and uncomfortable. However, with T1D I found it best to strive to do my best each day as I knew complications were even scarier. I wrote my thesis on “The Role of Attitudes in the Management of Diabetes in Children.” I was thrilled in April of 1995 to present this at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and my paper was published in the conference journal.

Anyone with T1 or someone who cares for someone with T1 knows how challenging of a disease it is each and every day. Attitude is the one thing we can choose as often as we need. Thankfully, having T1 taught me at an early age to make wise beyond my years choices. Alcohol was of no interest to me as I knew how scary a low blood glucose level could be.

Living with T1D for thirty years and all of the up’s and down’s in numbers and emotions; well, it taught me how to be a strong woman.

A, soon to be single mom, who did not file for divorce.

I never wanted to be a single mom just as I never wanted to have T1 diabetes. However, T1 taught me valuable life lessons that are helping me go through this toughest time of my life. I have so much to be grateful for and I thank God for keeping me safe in a relationship that saw far too little support and far too much pain.

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