I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January of 2012 with an A1c of 14.6 (372 mg/dl avegage glucose*) and oh what a ride it has been in just these first few months. Imagine going from carelessly eating whatever you like whenever you like , being tall, thin, athletic and only going to the doctors office once a year for a physical to having over 10 visits in two months to 5 different specialties, walking out with bags full of medical supplies spending hundreds of dollars on stuff you don’t want. The only way to describe it is that it sucks. I started with four shots a day from two types of insulin and 5 to 6 blood glucose level checks daily. As bad as the shots were, the worst part for me was the vast amount of information I got from various sources (professional and non) that basically convinced me that my normal, youthful life was over.
After a few weeks I started to realize how effed up the internet is when it comes to diabetes and how easy it is to find information that is one hundred percent incorrect, even from large reputable websites like the ADA. No matter how I searched the internet the only thing I really got was information about how many complications I would experience. The last thing a new diabetic needs to do is search the internet, but its irresistible, I know. One thing is for sure, you won’t find anything positive that will make you feel any better on any of these health websites. Nine times out of ten they don’t even mention whether they are talking about type I or type II diabetes, so the information is basically a waste to read. This is not a disease that is handed out in identical forms and everyone will manage and think of theirs differently.
After a month of being in the dumps and a month of climbing out of the dumps I came back to earth and realized how important it was to understand YOUR diabetes and not what the world thinks about your diabetes. I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time and I know there is so much more that I will learn as time goes on and my need for insulin and tighter management increases with time.
I don’t really intend to provide medical information on this site, but I plan to blog about stuff that works for me, a (currently) newly diagnosed type I diabetic. I will focus on the positive side of things and talk about things that make it easier to manage such as different foods, new technologies, research and management tools I come across. Since January I haven’t met a single diabetic anywhere, hopefully over time I can get some people to engage with me through this site.