Friday, June 20, 2014

It isn't skin deep

Many people view Type One as a disease that has already been cured. 

This is an unfortunate mishap that we have encountered, and now live with. I would like to believe it is in my imagination, but the "mishap" was told to me by a pediatrician.

A major part of Type One that people often miss is that there is more than what we see on the surface.

Type One isn't skin-deep. It's not something you "get over" and it's not something that "goes away."

There is no simple fix.

T1D isn't just blood testing, shots, new sites, fresh insulin . . . those are obviously a vital part of "being a pancreas," but diabetes management far surpasses these externals. 

There is a emotional side and a mental side: continual stress that never ends.

Every day living with Type One is full of repetitive tweaking and adjusting insulin dosages, rollercoastering blood sugar levels, and adapting to the physical affects of bad blood sugars.

There is a constant dread of a low blood sugar during the night, a high blood sugar when taking a test in college, a low or high blood sugar while driving a car, constant ketones that threaten to hospitalize, bad sites that skyrocket blood sugars, warm insulin from being in the sun - the list goes on and on . . .

My point is: Type One isn't cured. Insulin is an incredible tool, just like
a meter or pump - but it can't end here. 

One day I hope to be able to say the same thing as 3,000,000 other T1Ds,

"I had Type One Diabetes."


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