I am not a stranger to a lot of you but this is my new home. This post here I wrote a while back somewhere else but thought it fitting for my “opening statement” here.

 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 5 years old which was also many years ago.  There was no blood testing with glucose meters instead there was mainly testing blood sugar levels by using urine strips; there was no multiple daily injections (MDI’s) management instead there were 1 or 2 injections of NPH and Regular insulin; there was no “carb counting” just doctor’s instructions to stay away from foods like candy and pizza.  I cannot tell you how much I have seen diabetes management change in the past 28 years.  Not only am I now using an insulin pump after being on MDI’s for what seemed like forever, I am using a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) which constantly measures glucose levels from interstitial fluid.  Wow.  But almost as important as the technology available to diabetics to manage their condition, is a network of support to help cope with the emotional challenges that come along with it.

It wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I really met other people my age with diabetes.  There was actually this diabetes community out there that I never knew about!  I thank modern technology for helping me find these people :).  Initially, the diabetes myspace group members I connected with offered me so many tips and advice about things that I really thought I should have known.  These online contacts grew into friends that I truly cared about even without ever meeting them in person.   Then I was lucky enough to meet a few who lived in my area and they are now not only my “fellow diabetes” friends but true friends of mine.  I have learned so much from them and can’t even describe the connection one feels when sharing similar experiences.  The people in the diabetes community have become a very important part of my life and knowing that I can share both my diabetes struggles and accomplishments with people who can completely relate is such a good feeling.  I can only wish that every type 1 finds support like I have.

13 thoughts on “Support

  1. I’m SO GLAD you started a blog Stacey!
    Looking forward to reading, learning more about, and interacting with “The Girl With The Portable Pancreas!”
    Kelly K

  2. Yay, you have your very own blog!!!! I’m so excited! This was a great post to share as your first post here – it says so much about how far we’ve come and how wonderful the D-OC is. I’m so proud to call you my on-line friend as well as my real-life friend. Can’t wait to see you again in a few weeks. 🙂

  3. As one of the myspace friends from long ago – over 5 years now! – it’s so cool to see a familiar face and a beloved friend starting her own adventure in blogging. I’m looking forward to seeing where this takes you 🙂

  4. I like the new home here Stacey! And it sounds like we were diagnosed around the same time. I was 5 too, that was in 1980. Yours was what, ’82’ish?

    Looking forward to reading when I can here. 🙂

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