My Life with Diabetes – Diabetes Awareness Month

In March 2017 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It caught me by surprise and I literally knew no one with Type 1, nor did I know anything about this disease. If I had known a little about diabetes, maybe I would have realized what was wrong before I landed myself in the hospital with off the charts blood sugar levels.  In honour of Diabetes Awareness Month, I wanted to share about my life with diabetes and some FAQs.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of shares her diabetes story with Roche Accu-Chek for diabetes awareness month. She has Type 1 Diabetes. T1D.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. It is a great opportunity to  raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes Awareness Month…Here are some other T1D facts

MYTH: Type 1 Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

FACT: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects your pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. When you have Type 1 diabetes, for unknown reasons, your pancreas does not produce any insulin. As a result, I need to inject insulin and I must continuously monitor my blood-sugar levels. Type 1 is a non-stop and 24/7 disease that I will never get a break from. There is no way to prevent Type 1 and there is no cure…yet.

MYTH: People with Type 1 Diabetes can be cured with diet and exercise.

FACT: There is no way to prevent Type 1 and there is no cure…yet. Diet and exercise are important for managing diabetes, but they do not treat or reverse it.

…And Even More!

MYTH: If you have Type 1 Diabetes you can’t have sugar.

FACT: People with Type 1 Diabetes are not limited to what they can eat. Insulin is administered to cover the carbs or sugar they eat. Too much sugar is bad for everyone, but moderation is key. Sugar is also needed and life-saving for diabetics with low blood sugar. I always carry candy with me for this reason.

MYTH: You won’t get Type 1 Diabetes if you live a healthy and active lifestyle.

FACT: Type 1 Diabetes is not caused by a person’s lifestyle choices. Diet, activity level, and weight have no effect on the onset of Type 1 Diabetes.

MYTH: Adults can’t get Type 1 Diabetes.

FACT: Type 1 Diabetes affects babies, children, teens, and adults. While Type 1 Diabetes develops in children or adolescents, diagnosis in adulthood happens as well. Which is why the name Type 1 Diabetes no longer goes by “Juvenile Diabetes”.

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The Type 1 Diabetes Community

I have found an amazing community of other people with diabetes who have enriched my life. We are all going through the same 24/7 struggle and understand each other. I have had people come up to me at the dog park, Starbucks, and other random places after noticing my pump. The diabetes community is strong and supportive.

You might also like to read Flying with an Insulin Pump or Myths About Type 1 Diabetes.

Although diabetes is a difficult disease, treatment options are improving all the time, and people with diabetes can lead full and active lives. I certainly have not let it stop me from living a full life that I love.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of shares her diabetes story with Roche Accu-Chek for diabetes awareness month. She has Type 1 Diabetes. T1D.

Find the Upside

Having diabetes turns your world upside down, there is no doubt about that. My hope is that together, we can flip the story. My hope is that in my lifetime there will be a cure for diabetes. We can fight to one day turn diabetes on its head.

This month Accu-Chek, the maker of the Accu-Chek Guide system that I have posted about in the past, is launching an #UpsideChallenge. For every selfie uploaded, Accu-Chek will donate $5 to a Canadian diabetes-related organization. So please, help me and everyone with diabetes by uploading a photo and because together we can turn the tables on this illness!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of shares her diabetes story with Roche Accu-Chek for diabetes awareness month. She has Type 1 Diabetes. T1D.

This diabetes awareness month post is brought you in collaboration with Accu-Chek Guide. Thank you for supporting the companies that support me.  


xoxoBella is a popular travel and lifestyle blog featuring travel inspiration, fashion, recipes, dog mom tips and fitness motivation. Bella Bucchiotti lives with and advocates for Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease awareness.


Leave a Comment

  1. Ayanna wrote:

    Such great info and a way to bring awareness. That bag is super cute and I know some people that would love that.

    Posted 11.2.18 Reply
  2. Jennifer Maune wrote:

    Great way to spread awareness! Love that you included some mythbusters for those who may not know. Loving your shirt – way to take the bull by the horns!!


    Posted 11.2.18 Reply
  3. Chelsea wrote:

    I had a friend in middle school that had type 1. It’s very misunderstood.

    Posted 11.2.18 Reply
  4. You are so cute….and so is your pup!! Stay strong girl!

    Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  5. Alix Maza wrote:

    That shirt is too hilarious! I have to get it for my mom.

    Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  6. Adriana wrote:

    I just love that you’re raising awareness about something so important!

    Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  7. Anna wrote:

    Thanks for sharing info that most people don’t know! Stay strong! XO ~Anna

    Posted 11.5.18 Reply
  8. Rachel-Elise Woods wrote:

    I appreciate the way that you bust some myths and help clearly define the differences between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2. I think a lot of people do get them confused! Good on you for taking charge and using your story to spread awareness!

    Posted 11.5.18 Reply
  9. Tanvi wrote:

    I have a few family members who have Diabetes so I was aware of the myths. I am glad you are spreading the word though.


    Posted 11.5.18 Reply
  10. Ash Neverson wrote:

    Can I just say that I really like your t shirt, I am a nurse and I am so empathetic towards everyone going through one chronic illness or the other. Happy you know some more info now about diabetes. I wish you the best of health!

    Ash |

    Posted 11.5.18 Reply
  11. Azanique wrote:

    I had no idea adults could get Type 1! Thank you so much for sharing your story 🙂

    -xo, Azanique |

    Posted 11.6.18 Reply
  12. Kayvona wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your story! My father has Diabetes and we are still learning everyday how we can support him and help him live a healthy life!

    Posted 11.7.18 Reply
  13. Hannah wrote:

    What an informative post, Bella! My friend was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes – I’m sending this to her! Thanks for sharing and inspiring 🙂

    Posted 11.7.18 Reply
  14. Tara Liston Fuller wrote:

    i love that you’ve made your journey so empowering and inspiring! i treat so many patients with a variety of chronic diseases and I think it’s crucial to NOT let the disease define or limit you. You are AMAZING lady!

    Posted 11.7.18 Reply
  15. I love that you have shared so much of your journey with diabetes. I am sure there are so many young people that have been diagnosed that feel lost and alone, so reading your story is like a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for sharing a few diabetes myths too. I don’t know enough about diabetes so I think it is wonderful that you are educating and spreading awareness <3

    Posted 11.7.18 Reply
  16. Katie wrote:

    It’s so great to learn more about diabetes, especially type 1. Type 1 runs in my family, so I’m always trying to find ways to help family members out and be there to support.

    Posted 11.11.18 Reply
  17. I remember when you first shared you had diabetes. I am in awe of how kickass you are and how you haven’t let it stop you from traveling so much and living life to the fullest! Thank you for sharing this great info, I learned so much!

    Kayla |

    Posted 11.12.18 Reply