For those of you who follow me actively on Instagram, you may know that I have Type 1 diabetes (T1D). I was diagnosed with T1D about a year ago, and from diagnosis to day-to-day management, I am looking forward to sharing my story with you.
Thriving with Diabetes Helped by the Accu-Chek Guide System
Some facts I want you to know:
- Being a type 1 diabetic essentially means that my pancreas creates little to no insulin.
- Only about 10% of people with diabetes have T1D.
- It generally develops in childhood or adolescence but can also develop in adulthood.
- I treat my diabetes with insulin, as all type 1 diabetics are required to.
- Today, there are over 11 million people in Canada living with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Watch my Vlog!
Watch my T1D video I made with Accu-chek Guide. You can watch below or on YouTube directly.
As the video shares, a few things led me to my diagnosis. I remember being thirsty… REALLY, REALLY thirsty! I also went to the bathroom… A LOT. My body was incredibly dehydrated. I was uncharacteristically tired and was struggling with mood changes. My vision became blurred on a few occasions and I began getting this “pins and needles” feeling in my legs.
You might also like to read Flying with an Insulin Pump.
Living with an Autoimmune Disease
Having a doctor tell you that you have an autoimmune disease is terrifying. I remember being so overwhelmed the first few times I read up on my diagnosis with T1D. I felt like there was no way I could learn all there is to know and lead a relatively normal life.
Diabetes Learning Curve
Though it’s a constant learning curve, I am most definitely figuring out how to manage my diabetes and it is the most liberating feeling. Accu-Chek Guide gives me the autonomy, knowledge and control I was scared I would lose. It allows my body and I to work together rather than against one another. I feel reassured knowing what my blood sugar is at and confident that I know how to fix lows before they happen. I have learned more about my body in the past year or so than I could have ever imaged. Visit https://bit.ly/2FPP0Dk to learn more
Are any of my follower’s diabetic with T1D? If you are comment down below I would love to hear your story.
This T1D blog post is in collaboration with Accu-Chek Guide. Thank you for supporting the companies that support me.