Now I'm 3 years in, and I fully understand everything having Type 1 Diabetes entails. Although I have only had diabetes for 3 years, I feel like I have had it for much longer. I can barely remember what it is like to not have to calculate a dose of insulin before my meal, to not have to plan every move I make. I don't remember being able to be spontaneous. I now understand the stress my body is put under, but also the mental effects having a long term condition can have.
There have been many downs along the way. My first hypo. My first HI (blood sugar too high to register on a meter). My first hypo seizure. The first time I ripped out my cannula on a door handle. Having to cancel my expedition to Morocco due to diabetes. Having to rethink my plans to study nursing because of diabetes. There will be many more downs to come, I'm sure.
|Blood glucose reading too high for meter to read|
The meetings, camps and conferences that are diabetes related have been amazing. I have met so many wonderful and inspirational people. The people with diabetes conference was amazing because it introduced me to so many different types of people. The Diabetes UK care events were amazing because everything was relatable. It's these things that makes having Type 1 Diabetes tolerable.
|Lydia, Grant, Ellie and I at the people with diabetes conference|
|Me and the girls at Diabetes UK care event in Centre Parcs|
I have had a rough 3 years. Here's hoping things get easier from here!
Until next time