Diabetes – a personal story

I have lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 27 years now - and it hasn't always been an easy journey. Today I live a healthly, fulfilling and balanced life with diabetes, and I dare say I have done so for many years, but it hasn't always been an easy thing. Being a student with diabetes is tough. Anytime you need to raise your hand and say that you are different, leave a class because you are experiencing low blood sugar caused by hypoglycemia, have to urinate four times in an hour because of a high blood sugar, it stinks. The first date - starting to sweat profusely, even when it isn't hot outside because of your diabetes, it isn't always so fun. With that said, the truth is, those events were few and far between. Diabetes never stopped me from travelling the world as an exchange student in university (I was in Durban South Africa for a year), competing in some of the toughest endurance races (the longest cross country ski race in the world, Vassalopet).

So what are my top 7 pieces of advice for students living with diabetes (in no particular order):

  1. Remember that diabetes can't stop you from doing anything - besides eating poorly. Just find a way to achieve your goals.
  2. Get active - people with diabetes especially benefit from exercise and sport. It will teach you how to control your diabetes better and prove to yourself that you can manage it.
  3. Tell your teachers and closest friends about your diabetes early - they need to know what to do in case you ever have any problems
  4. Test your blood sugar a lot.
  5. Be prepared- have your blood sugar meter and something to eat with you. There is nothing worse than being unprepared for a hypo.
  6. Take pride in the fact that well controlled diabetes means you likely live a healthier lifestyle than most of your friends who don't eat well and don't exercise.
  7. Allow yourself to live a little sometimes.

    Note on me:
    Having successfully managed 27 years with diabetes from Kindergarten through gaining a Master’s degree, John is not fully immersed in helping other people with diabetes live a healthier, safer life with diabetes through Timesulin (http://timesulin.com). Timesulin is a timer enabled replacement cap for insulin pens, that helps people with diabetes avoid the anxiety faced by not remembering if they took their insulin and the associated dreaded risk of a double dose. Read more about what John and the Timesulin team is doing at http://timesulin.com/blog

This is article is kindly donated by Timesulin

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18 July 2013

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