Diabetes Awareness Month

blue_circleHappy Diabetes Awareness Month! I

So I was asked to do this a few weeks ago but I’ve been so busy that I don’t even want to talk about it. But November is running running running out so I’d best get on it. So hello again!

This is to spread the word. Thanks to my friends at American Recall Center.

So, diabetes, huh? Isn’t that the disease where you ate a ton and then got really fat so you got it? People don’t ask me that question, but I can practically hear them think it. And I am soooo sick of it. I have heard on national television, on Oprah no less, to Type 2 Diabetes referred to as Diabetes. Which ticked me off because I have “diabetes” and I didn’t have a terrible diet. In fact, I had pretty much stopped eating by the time I was diagnosed.

So I thought I would take the time to give a little lesson on the truths of Type 1 Diabetes. And while Type 2 Diabetes is a perfectly horrible disease in its own merit, it is NOT Type 1 Diabetes. They are two completely different things. I am not someone to be put into a compartment labeled “Diabetes,” but rather someone to be put into a box labeled “Type 1 Diabetes.

So here we go:

1. I did not have a bad diet that lead to my diagnosis with diabetes. My pancreas, for whatever reason, stopped making insulin, which makes me insulin independent.

2. I can eat WHATEVER “normal” people can eat. It is not required that I regulate my diet. I just have to give myself insulin for food intake. insulin-and-diabetes_1

3. I am capable of achieving everything a “normal” person can achieve.

4. Many people talk of something called a “diabetic diet.” It doesn’t exist. Different people do different things.

5. I am 100% capable of being an athlete. Being a diabetic does not make me a cripple. I just need to watch out for myself.

diabetes6. I check my blood sugar six to eleven times a day to make sure that I stay healthy.

Those are just a few things I think people should know about Type 1 Diabetics.

Please spread the word.

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