Molly Johannes was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997 at the age of four. Molly controls her diabetes with a combination of insulin shots, daily exercise, and a healthy diet. She utilizes a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor to remain aware of her blood sugars throughout her busy days at school. Molly is a sophomore English major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Read full bio

Seeing the Good in Mild Diabetes Burnout

Good BG Bad BG - Diabetes Burnout

Sometimes, all it takes is one bad reading. It comes at the wrong place or time (often both), and it pisses you off.

I’m referring to the mild case of diabetes burnout that I experienced this week. I call it “mild” because it was fleeting and was not accompanied by the typical array of emotions that are associated with a real case of burnout. This time around, it lasted the length of a day and mainly made me aggravated. It all began bright and early, Monday morning…

I woke up to a beautiful blood sugar of 97 mg/dL, which made me especially happy after having to change my pod the night before. I rolled out of bed after testing, and as I started going about my morning routine, I noticed I felt a little shaky and dazed as if I was dropping low…odd, right? My CGM told me that I was stable, so I tried to shake the sensations and attribute it to grogginess. Nevertheless, I decided to eat breakfast before showering in the hopes that might give me the boost my body seemed to need. One smoothie and half a coffee roll later, I felt confident that I could resume getting ready without exacerbated low symptoms. I gave myself a bolus, guesstimating a higher carb count than normal due to the coffee roll, and went to go shower.

15 minutes later, I still wasn’t out of my fog. I wondered if I went overboard with my carb calculations and gave myself too much insulin. Without mulling it over further, I grabbed a small handful of fast-acting cereal to counteract this possibility.

All the diabetes drama was making me late for work, so I didn’t pay much attention to what my CGM was reporting over the next hour. When I finally got to the office, I did pay it a glance and saw I was sitting well at about 134 mg/dL. Maybe I’d made the right call, after all.

Not exactly. Unbeknownst to me, my blood sugar stealthily climbed to exceed 200 mg/dL over the next few hours. By lunchtime, I was simultaneously starving and irate when I tested and discovered I was 256! I bolused and sat there, steaming, as I tried to figure out where I went wrong. Did it have to do with my choice of breakfast? Was it because I didn’t sleep well enough? Should I have ignored my body’s pseudo-low symptoms?

Whatever it was, it triggered me to feel very fed-up and negative about my diabetes for the rest of the day. Granted, I did come back down nicely by the nighttime, but I wasn’t over the fact that my diabetes had been so sneaky on me. Between the symptoms I felt and the slow rise to a hyperglycemic reading, I felt tricked. As a result, I knew I was ready to blame my anger on some good ol’ fashioned diabetes burnout. I felt tired of diabetes and its mean mind games and just wished it would go away.

But of course, reality sinks in at some point. As my day came to a close, I was ready to move past this day of feeling terrible about my diabetes management and kick ass the next day. And as it would happen, I did. This case of diabetes burnout turned into some damn good motivation, so I guess it isn’t always that bad.

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Body Image and the OmniPod: What I Didn’t Consider

Approximately six months ago, I made the decision to go on the insulin pump. The thought of changing insulin therapy scared the hell out of me, but I was ready to see how pumping might improve my health.

My pump of choice was the OmniPod because 1) it was tubeless and 2) my mom also uses it. In fact, her experience transitioning to the pump a few years ago both inspired and deterred me from trying it myself. Mom happened to go on it just a couple weeks before we were set to go on a family vacation in Maine, which totally threw her for a loop. She encountered irritating problems like non-adhesive pods and unexpected failures, so instead of enjoying time at the beach, she was making calls for help to OmniPod. Needless to say, that proved to me that injections were the way to go.

This changed, though, when I saw how well my mom was doing on the pump. Frustrated by my blood sugars and looking for a solution, I decided that 2015 would be the year that I give the pump a fair shot.

I’ve blogged previously about my mostly positive experience thus far on the OmniPod. It’s worked so well for me that I almost don’t regret going on it – the keyword there being almost.

I guess what bothers me more than anything else right now about the pod is that it’s yet another diabetes-related device that I have to wear 24/7. Obviously, I knew about this prior to using the OmniPod, but the thought of wearing two things on my body at once wasn’t cause for me to balk. I figured, what’s the big deal if I already have to wear my CGM sensor?

But I should have considered the semi-permanence of an insulin pump. A CGM sensor is optional – I can decide whether or not I want to use it. Nine times out of ten, I use it because of the valuable information it provides. On occasion, though, I choose to go without it, whether it is because I want a break from it or because of aesthetics. An insulin pump does not exactly provide this luxury. If I choose to stop wearing it, then all insulin delivery immediately halts and I have to give myself injections. As a result, I have to choose the lesser of two evils: pricking myself with a syringe multiple times a day, or treating my diabetes with the convenience of a pump while being self-conscious of the pod just-visible beneath my clothes?

I started giving this some more thought as the start of the summer. I went on vacation, and noticed that every now and then, people would stare at the devices planted on my belly and my backside. That didn’t bother me so much, but it did prompt me to become overly self-aware of my body. Each time I put on a bathing suit, I noticed how difficult it was to arrange any of my bikini bottoms so that they did not interfere with my pod or sensor but still offered adequate coverage. Not surprisingly, one-pieces were also a struggle seeing as they would cling to my devices, giving my body some unwanted (and certainly not sexy) curves. Even my most flattering bikini can’t camouflage my insecurity with my devices, and tends to heighten my self-consciousness.

So now I find myself trying to make peace with the fact that I have to wear my pod to experience the convenience of the insulin pump, all while feeling more awkward in a bathing suit. I know this all may seem trivial, but it is something that I wish I didn’t brush off before making the transition. It’s hard enough to accept my body the way it is – especially as a female in her 20s – and I try my best to not hold myself to everyone else’s standards. It’s easier said than done, though, and makes the road to being comfortable in my own skin a little bumpier.

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10 Memorable Moments from my Disney Cruise

My family and I with Cinderella

When I was in middle school, my parents told my brother and me that once we graduated college, we would take a family vacation on a Disney cruise. I didn’t believe them up until this past November, when they informed us that we would make this vacation a reality in May 2015. It’s not easy to choose just 10 moments that stood out to me from the trip, but I think this list hits the major points. Continue reading to discover my highlights, diabetes-related and not.

10. Our ship, the Disney Fantasy

In the weeks prior to vacation, I spent a good chunk of time researching our ship and the activities to do onboard. This extensive investigating certainly made me more excited for what was to come, but it paled in comparison to the splendor of the Fantasy in person. I was in awe of its sheer size, and this only amplified when embarked on the ship and took in the interior’s opulence. From classic Disney songs playing in the halls to the enormous projection screen (for playing Disney movies, of course) overlooking the pool, every minute detail added to the overall experience.

9. Lost Luggage

Remember, this is a list of memorable moments, so that means the good and the bad of our trip. Our luggage failed to make it onboard with us. As you could imagine, this resulted in a rough start to the trip and unwanted vacation stress. Our first night was not nearly as fun as it should’ve been due to our anxiety over our lost luggage, but the next morning we were informed it would be waiting for us when we arrived in St. Maarten, the first port of call. Even though we didn’t have our own clothing for nearly the first half of the trip, we still made the most of it and donned Disney Cruise Line clothes until we were reunited with our possessions.

8. Trivia Champions

I’m a bit of a trivia geek, so I was excited when I learned that there was trivia offered multiple times each day throughout the cruise. I convinced my family to play with me, and we wound up beating several other teams by taking first place!

7. Close Encounters with Wildlife

A view of our boat in St. ThomasI never thought I would have the chance to feed lorikeets or swim with stingrays…but I did both on this vacation. I’ve always loved animals, so it was incredible to interact with them in such a unique way.

6. The Incredible Staff

The crewmembers aboard the Fantasy really made us feel welcome from Day 1. They were super understanding about our luggage situation, and played a major role in assuaging us over the fiasco. Over the course of our vacation, we got to know many of them by name and shared daily conversation with them that felt genuine. Not to mention the fact that one of our waiters made dinner hilarious for my family by stumping us with crayon and card tricks – thanks, Julio!

5. Mixology, Martinis, and More

I wrote in greater detail on how alcohol affected my diabetes management on the cruise in a feature for ASweetLife – what I didn’t mention in that piece is that I now have a new favorite martini, which I happily sampled at a martini tasting. It’s called the coconut martini and it’s delicious! I loved going to the martini tasting and mixology class because of how much I learned from the bartender. As a result of these experiences, I found a new favorite cocktail: the coconut martini. It’s delicious!

4. Fantastic Food

OMG, I forgot how great cruise food could be! Breakfast was a buffet that had everything you could possibly imagine available. Lunch was arbitrary depending on what my family and I were doing, so some days it was a healthy salad and others it was nothing but soft serve ice cream (which was available 24 hours, yum!). Dinner was always a two-hour affair consisting of five – yes, FIVE – courses that could not have been portioned more perfectly. My mother and I happily made use of the extended bolus feature on our OmniPods to prevent lows, and it worked without a hitch for the most part.

3. Not One, but Two Pod Failures

This was a major annoyance, but my swift recoveries for both made me feel in control. The first occurred when I was showering after a long day spent at Waikiki Beach in St. Maarten. Halfway through my shower, I heard the telltale “beeeeeeeeeeep!”. I wasn’t pleased about having to put a new pod on so close to dinner, which was to happen an hour later, but I did it and I was fine. Pod failure #2 happened on Castaway Cay, where my PDM lost all communication with the pod I was wearing. Not entirely sure how this happened, but thankfully, we had an extra Humalog pen that I used to give myself a lunchtime bolus. Neither pod failure was terribly convenient, but really, are they ever?

2. Ports of Call

Words can’t express how beautiful the islands of St. Maarten and St. Thomas were. We only had about seven hours at each port, which simply wasn’t enough time! However, we enjoyed some gorgeous weather on both islands. The last port of call, Castaway Cay, is a Disney-owned private island – and yes, it’s as fantastic as it sounds. My parents and I went for a bike ride in the morning and spent the rest of our day there snorkeling and soaking up the sun at Serenity Bay, an adults-only beach. My brother, on the other hand, chose the more thrilling pastime: parasailing! Regretfully, our time here was even shorter, and we were sad when it was time to go back on the ship.

1. Spending Time with my Family

Cue the “aww”-ing. As time goes on, I find that life speeds up to an unstoppable pace and it’s more difficult to spend time with your loved ones. This vacation was much-needed not just for relaxing, but hanging out as a family. I’m really grateful for our trip together and I look forward to future ones.

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#DBlogWeek Day 7 – Continuing Connections

Did #DBlogWeek fly by this year, or what? I’m really glad that I had the chance to participate again this year. I like having the chance to do some exploring with the prompts provided by Karen at Bitter-Sweet!

This topic is all about fostering connections that can be made by participating in Diabetes Blog Week. In fact, that can be extended into the Diabetes Online Community. I’m still amazed by the number of people I’ve met strictly through the DOC, and I’ve enjoyed the different opportunities it has presented to me.

In particular, the DOC introduced me to the CWD Friends for Life Conference in Orlando, Florida. I went there in July 2013 and made some great friends over the course of a few days. I also delved deeper into the world of diabetes blogging by taking a look at the other blogs out there. Every single one is awesome, and I give major credit to those of you who maintain blogs regularly! Here’s a short list of some of my favorites:

  • Kerri Sparling, Six Until Me – Kerri’s sense of humor made this blog stand out to me in a very positive way. She’s very honest with herself and others regarding her feelings about diabetes, and I find her inspiring.
  • Heather Gabel, Unexpected Blues – Heather was one of those great friends I made at the CWD FFL conference, and her blog is just as cool as she is. Her writing style is incredible and utterly relatable.
  • Naomi Kingery Ruperto, Live to Love Diabetes by the Diabetic Diva – Naomi’s blog is one that I just discovered during this year’s #DBlogWeek. I got a kick out of her “Diabetic Diva” moniker, and her blog is really well-written.

I could go through the entire #DBlogWeek participant list and say what I like about each one, but who knows how long that would take! Kudos to all of you for the roles you played in this year’s #DBlogWeek. I look forward to reading about your future adventures, and I hope you stop by my blog every now and then to say hi!

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#DBlogWeek Day 6 – Favorites and Motivations

I started blogging for ASweetLife two years ago. Prior, I hadn’t really explored my diabetes in writing. It was the subject of a poem or two, but indirectly. Now that I’ve been writing about it on a consistent basis and exploring my feelings about my diabetes, I find that it has been therapeutic and eye-opening.

I’m proud of all of my posts for unique reasons, but a couple stick out to me more than the others. Particularly, the post that I wrote about how my mom and I deal with our diabetes is a favorite. It opened the door for my mom to feature a piece she wrote on my blog, which in turn gave me some insight as to how she feels about my diabetes. I was also grateful for the opportunity to express gratitude to my mom, dad, and other family members who have been instrumental in helping me manage my diabetes. I know that I don’t thank them enough for all they do for me, so it felt good to be able to do that in my writing, a mode of expression that I treasure deeply.

The posts that I wrote while I was in college also speak to me. They are more motivational in my eyes than some of the other posts I wrote because they are evidence of me overcoming some serious obstacles in my path while I was on my own at school. There was the time when I was freaking out over a low blood sugar before an exam, and the time I was forced to take a CGM hiatus. Oh, and I can’t forget all the times that hitting the gym on campus lead to either crushing defeat or joyful victory. Each post about my time in college reflects my resilience, which can be incredibly motivating for me to stick it to my diabetes.

And if I had to choose a favorite sentence(s) that I’ve written on my blog so far, it would have to be this introduction to my post about my vacation to Disney World last August:

“Once upon a time, a young woman named Molly was bound for the magical Disney World for a week’s worth of fun and frolicking. Her tale does not involve hallmarks like evil witches, poisonous apples, fairy godmothers, spontaneous singing, or charming woodland critters capable of human speech. Rather, it is a story about balancing diabetes while trying to make the most of a much-needed vacation with her handsome prince – erm, boyfriend.”

Why is it my favorite? Here’s the list of reasons:

  • I got to flex my creative writing muscles with this post. I wrote it in the fashion of a satirical fairytale, and really enjoyed the writing process.
  • It was a wonderful memory of an awesome vacation with my boyfriend and his family.
  • It’s a wonderful memory associated with diabetes, proving it’s not all bad.
  • It reminds me of the fun that’s to come – in roughly one week, I’m headed on a DISNEY CRUISE with my parents and my brother!

This reflection on favorites and motivations just goes to show me the power of writing and expression, which I love so much!

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#DBlogWeek Day 5 – Foods on Friday

Foods on FridayLet me open this by saying that I love food. I enjoy buying it, preparing it, and consuming it. I wish I could spend more time exploring my creative side and trying new recipes, and I’m sure I’ll be able to do more of that in the future. Most of all, I love the social aspect of food. Each time I have dinner, I’m almost always with someone, whether it be my parents or my boyfriend or my friends. It’s always nice to sit down with people I love and eat a delicious meal together.

Those are the reasons why I’m particularly excited about today’s prompt for Diabetes Blog Week. The following is a list of what I ate on Wednesday of this week. It’s right in the middle of a typical work week for me, so I thought it would be a good example of the foods I consume on a standard day.

7:30 A.M. Breakfast: Mixed berry smoothie. I’m really into smoothies lately, likely because the weather is getting warmer and smoothies can be very refreshing. On this particular day, I took about ¾ of a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and blended it with a ½ cup of frozen strawberries, a ½ cup of frozen blueberries, and a couple tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt. I also added a packet of Splenda to the mix to make it a bit sweeter. This smoothie wasn’t too bad, and it was only about 25 grams of carbohydrate. I think it would have been better if it had half a banana blended in with it; alas, we were all out in my household. Still, it was a decent way to start my Wednesday.

12:00 P.M. Lunch: Turkey and provolone cheese on a sandwich thin, a Fiber One lemon square, and an apple. The sandwich thins are usually a good option because they’re only 20 grams of carbohydrate, so you don’t wind up skimping out on bread. I really like the Fiber One squares. They come in several flavors, with lemon being my recent favorite. They’re around 18 grams of carbohydrate, but have the benefit of being light in calories without lacking in flavor. I threw an apple into the mix as well because they keep me full and because I felt like I needed some sort of fruit or vegetable at lunch. Overall, it was a higher-carb meal consisting of roughly 60 grams of carbohydrate. I went on the treadmill about an hour later to walk some of it off.

5:30 P.M. Dinner: Home-cooked sausage, mushrooms, and onions on a bulkie roll with green beans and a small serving of vanilla ice cream. Normally, I would be hesitant to have a dessert when consuming a large amount of bread, but luckily this particular roll wasn’t too heavy in carbs. In addition to hitting the spot on a lovely spring evening, it was also a satisfying meal that kept me full for hours afterward. I calculated about 60 grams of carbohydrate total in the meal and bolused accordingly. I worked some of it off by digging out our old Dance Dance Revolution mat and playing a few rounds on the Wii – you’d be surprised by how hard you wind up working when playing this game.

9:30 P.M. Snack: Most nights, I don’t seem to need a snack before I go to bed. My blood sugar was 123 mg/dL at this time, which is a pretty awesome reading. In this case, I felt like I deserved a small reward and I couldn’t resist a handful of Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. These mini snack crackers are a lot like Goldfish, except their claim to fame is being organic. They taste wonderfully cheesy and can be addicting. I took a very small bolus to prevent going up and fell asleep about an hour later.

There you have it, a list of what I eat in an average day. After writing this, my mouth is (predictably) watering. And I still have an hour to go until lunch…

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#DBlogWeek Day 4 – Changes

#DBlogWeek Day 4 – Changes - An example of how diabetes treatment has changed for me.

An example of how diabetes treatment has changed for me.

I think that “changes” and “diabetes” complement each other fairly well. In the nearly two decades that I’ve had diabetes, change has been inevitable and fascinating to watch.

First and foremost, the technology itself has changed drastically. I remember using a meter that would take a full 60 seconds to test my blood sugar. This is around the time I was in elementary school, and I would go to the nurse’s office to test before every lunch period. I’d pace the room while I waited the agonizingly long minute to obtain my blood sugar reading. Over time, the amount was reduced by a whole 55 seconds, so testing is much faster than it used to be.

That’s just the tip of the technology iceberg. Roughly five years ago, I was introduced to the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for the first time. This really changed the game for me and was super helpful when I went off to college. Since then, the CGM has become sleeker and more accurate: a trend that most diabetic devices seem to follow.

Okay, so those are a couple examples of big changes concerning blood sugar monitoring. But how has insulin injecting changed? When I was diagnosed, my shots were administered by drawing insulin out of a vial using a syringe. That changed when insulin pens came out. Now, all I had to do was screw a needle onto the pen, dial up how many units I needed at a given time, and inject myself. While it made transporting insulin from point A to point B much easier, it was also an imprecise injection practice. Your only choice was to inject a whole number of units instead of fractional amounts, forcing you to round up or round down each time you gave yourself a shot.

It was tough at times, but not as stressful as mixing insulin, as I had to do way back when. Remember cloudy and clear? Rapid-acting and long-acting insulin used to have to be combined in order to effectively manage my diabetes. I was a bit older when I started giving myself my own insulin injections, so this was primarily my parents’ job. I do remember “helping” them by rolling the little glass vial of NPH (which does not stand for Neil Patrick Harris) between my hands to mix up the cloudy insulin. I have to give major props to my parents for being pros at mixing the insulin. It’s stressful enough having to give your own child multiple shots daily. Nobody needs the extra challenge of making sure not to cross-contaminate vials of insulin.

And how could I forget the incredible strides that have been made in the realm of insulin pumps? As a relatively new pump user, I’m still getting acquainted with the many advantages associated with a pump. I’m not even sure of the exact number of insulin pumps that are out there, but I do know that they vary greatly – some have tubes, some don’t, some are touchscreen, some function as both a pump and a CGM…such an array makes me feel optimistic about future advancements to come.

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#DBlogWeek Day 3 – Clean it Out

Alright, the first two blogs for #dblogweek have been sort of heavy, so let’s lighten things up a bit by taking a peek into my diabetes supply bag.

A peek into#DBlogWeek Day 3 – Clean it Out -  my diabetes supply bag.

This little guy has been dwelling within the depths of my purse for about a year now. You can see that life there is a bit rough, seeing as the plain black bag is somewhat tattered around the edges. Yet it still serves its purpose, which is to house the majority of my diabetes supplies in one compact location.

You can see some of my just-in-case items in the zippered mesh pocket. This includes a few pen needles, syringes, gauze pads, and a couple of AAA batteries. It’s fairly unpredictable as to when my PDM battery needs to be changed, so I like to carry some on me at all times. Similarly, I make sure that I have back-ups of the aforementioned items because they could come in handy at any time.

You’ll notice that my meter, tissues, test strip vial, lancing device, Humalog pen, and a glucose gel all fit into the rest of the pouch. Besides the vial of test strips, you probably notice the dozens of used test strips littering the bottom of the bag. And you’re most likely wondering why my tissue looks so crumpled and shredded. I doubt you overlooked the overflowing zippered compartment, as well.

What I’m getting at by these last few observations is that my bag clearly could do with a thorough cleaning. There’s no reason why those test strips should have amassed to that degree. I guess I’m just lazy when it comes to throwing them away. Likewise, I find myself reusing the same tissue for several days in a row, causing it to become a bloody mess within that short window of time.

As for the stuffed pocket, maybe it couldn’t hurt to go through the items there and see if I need ALL of them. Hopefully, a quick pick-up and clean-out of my supply bag will spruce it up nicely as well as serve as a reminder to myself that cleanliness is next to godliness (laugh all you want, Mom and Dad!).

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#DBlogWeek Day 2 – Keep it to Yourself

Over time, I’ve grown more comfortable with the concept of sharing as much of my diabetes story as possible. I’m open to the idea of answering questions that others may have for me, but there’s a key piece of information that I don’t think I will ever willingly share online: my hemoglobin A1c.

Some might make the assumption that this is because I feel ashamed or defeated by that number. I won’t lie, there are times in which I do get disheartened by my current A1c – particularly when I expected to hear a more favorable report from my endocrinologist.

Rather, I think the real embarrassment stems from the comparisons I make between my own A1c and the numbers reported by others. When I began blogging for ASweetLife just over two years ago, that marked the start of me exploring the world of T1D blogs. It was awesome to connect with others virtually by reading about their own personal experiences with diabetes. I admired the courage that many demonstrated by revealing some of their greatest challenges and obstacles they had overcome in their journeys. It seemed that improved A1c numbers were a common theme for nearly all of them.

At that point, I started to compulsively compare my number to everyone else’s numbers. I seriously questioned myself and my ability to obtain a better A1c reading. I mentally berated myself for having a less-than-perfect number. The rational part of me knew that it was not wise to measure myself against others, but I just couldn’t seem to help it.

After a while, it dawned on me that the road to better A1cs had not been smooth for any of these individuals. It was marked by divots, twists, and turns along the way. As such, I wasn’t being fair to myself as I sought to see a better A1c. I know that it’s hard work and that I just need to focus on my own overall health and well-being (as opposed to that of other people) as I continue to strive for that 6.

Regardless, don’t expect to see me posting my A1c to my blog any time soon. I don’t really think I need a daily reminder out there for all to see of what my A1c was at a given moment in time. Instead, I think it’s important that I focus on what’s happening now and what I can do to help my current state of being. So for now, I’m content with keeping my A1c to myself.

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#DBlogWeek Day 1 – I Can

UMass Graduation

“I can do anything.”

This empowering mantra is something I would wholeheartedly believe in regardless of my diabetes. However, it resonates with me that much more because of my diabetes.

Seeing as I was diagnosed as a young child, I don’t recall life without diabetes. That being said, I never really went through a period where I felt like diabetes was stopping me from doing something that I was able to do with greater ease pre-diagnosis. I’ve always been a motivated person. I don’t allow anyone or anything to prevent me from accomplishing my goals in life. Most of all, I don’t let diabetes intervene by bringing me to a screeching halt.

I will admit that it seldom slows me down. There are moments where I panic and can’t help but wonder if I’ve finally stumbled into something that diabetes won’t let me do or enjoy. A prime example of this is when I recently visited my boyfriend in Washington, D.C. It was the longest distance I have ever traveled by myself, and I was practically petrified at the mere prospect of something going wrong concerning my diabetes care and management.

That’s when my fiery determination kicked into high gear. I went through a list of “I can” moments that have happened to me over the course of the past year that were concrete evidence that there is no limit to what I can do:

  • I can graduate college early
  • I can start a brand new job and get promoted in less than six months
  • I can sign up for a gym membership and get back into shape
  • I can endure devastating losses
  • I can change my insulin therapy from shots to the pump

I can eat ice cream for dinner, I can go out for a drink with my friends, I can paint my nails fuchsia or chartreuse or navy blue…whether it’s trivial or tremendous, my list of “I can” moments could go on and on.

Diabetes is infuriating. It’s exhausting and it’s inconvenient. But it is not what determines what I can choose to do in life. It cannot and I refuse to let it.

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