As a diabetic, I’ve often told my kids that I’m “literally sweeter” than the next person. Thus the name of my blog.
I’ve been a diabetic for more than 30 years, first diagnosed as Type 2 but for 20+ years and from here on out, I am a Type 1 Diabetic, otherwise known as T1D. (I was actually diagnosed as a Type 1.5 at one point, but I’ll leave that for a real blog post).
After 30 years and with so many family members battling this disease (including a 20-month old who was just recently diagnosed), I thought it was about time to do something. So, the first thing I did was to participate in the American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes this year. That was great fun, and I am proud that my team raised $1500 to support diabetes research and advocacy in our first time out, but, clearly, that’s not enough.
I have since become an ADA Diabetes Advocate, and I want to have a voice! I thought a blog about my personal experiences, questions, frustrations and all the other things that go along with managing T1D on a day-to-day basis would be a good way for me to start. After all, it’s what I know.
Hey, I’m not a healthcare professional. I’m just an “expert” at living with this disease, my way. I’ve been a good diabetic, I’ve been a rebellious diabetic. As of the writing of this “About,” I’m trying to get back onto the good diabetic side.
Anyway, I hope you find this little blog of mine informative, empathetic and perhaps even entertaining. Thank you for joining me on this little adventure.