Lets be honest. For the most part, having Type 1 Diabetes is a real bummer. Since I was diagnosed at the age of five, I have had at least 260,610 finger pricks, 173,740 injections of insulin, and spent seven years having an insulin pump attached to me constantly (which totally clashes with all of my outfits btw). I also have had classmates exclaim that no one can touch me or they will get diabetes (so not true), I have had to sit out of numerous sporting events for low blood sugar, and I have even had people break up with me because of my diabetes (rude. but who really wants to be with someone like that anyway, am I right?!).
Even though diabetes brings a lot of hard days, there are actually so many positive things that diabetes has also presented. Without this stupid disease, I really don’t think I would have the same empathy towards other people that I do. I would have missed out on making some amazing friendships (shout out to Allie, Elisa, Lauren, Ryan, and Jordan). I would have never gained the confidence to stand up for what I believe in by lobbying to congress. I would not be able to tell the little kids I babysit that I am part robot (having a pump definitely counts as being part robot). I would not have met my teen celebrity crushes, the Jonas Brothers (I would attach the pic, but it was so ugly it must be destroyed). I also probably wouldn’t fully understand how much my family and friends love and support me (which is a lot). There are really so many great experiences I would have missed out on, I can’t even name them all!
Having T1D is rough, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. If you look hard enough, there are always some good experiences hidden in with the bad. One of my favourite quotes is by Thomas S. Monson and says “Of this be sure: you do not find the happy life, you make it”. I intend to make this the happiest life possible, diabetes or no diabetes.
For some more info on what T1D is really about, how you can help, or what some of the symptoms are, check out my the most rad organization ever: JDRF. For support and other resources, I recommend clicking here.
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