Diabetes Awareness Month #HappyDiabeticChallenge

If you’ve found this blog, you’re likely either a/ a fellow diabetic, or b/ you know or love someone with diabetes. And you probably know that November is diabetes awareness month.

I’ve been far and away from this blog for a long while, but after seeing a post on Instagram about the #happydiabeticchallenge during this special month, I decided that was a great way to jumpstart things around here.

I’m a few days late, but each day, there’s some quick little thing to post about and I figured I would do it here, maybe with a little more verbiage than on Instagram.

So I’m cramming the first three days of it onto this one post.  (Don’t worry, they’re short!)

  1. Introduce Yourself.   I’m Kerri.  I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, and I have lived with it for, I think, 24 years now.  I was in my early 20s when I was diagnosed, but I’m not absolutely sure of the exact date. I use a Dexcom- not the latest version, yet- and take multiple daily injection.  I live healthfully and happily most days with diabetes, and by no means consider it the enemy. I’ve recently moved from Dallas, TX to Roxborough, Colorado.  My husband and are are both Texas natives, and we are so happy to finally be in a new and beautiful place.  I now have great hikes each day with our two Aussies, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.  Do I wish we had gotten out here sooner?  Well, I think everything happens in its right time.  I appreciate all the beauty around me, the lack of traffic and concrete jungleness, and having 4 true seasons all the more, because I waited so long to have it.  I appreciate every single day of this beautiful life.
  2. Type of Diabetes. As mentioned above I’m a TYPE 1.  Hence, the name of this blog.  I find the confusion between the types of diabetes so annoying, because it leads to most people making (usually wrong) assumptions about my disease.  But, that’s just the thing- this particular case of diabetes, which happens to be Type 1, is MINE.  So even if I compared myself to other Type 1s, it’s all so different, and our bodies and ways of coping are just so individualized. But still, we can all learn from each other whether we have the same diagnosis or not.  We all aim to live as healthfully as possible.
  3. Pens, Pump, or MDI. I also gave this one away on the introduction paragraph.  MDI stands for multiple daily injections.  And I DO mean multiple.  I take one shot of Tresiba once a day, and shots of Humalog prior to eating a meal, and more shots whenever things are higher than the range I aim to stay in.  (In my case, I like my blood sugars to fall somewhere between 70-130 .)

Now I’m all caught up on things with the #happydiabeticchallenge so far.  And from this point on, for the rest of the month, I’ll just do a short post once a day on the given topic.

I hope to read about other people’s experience that also participate in this little challenge- all about sharing our experience with diabetes.

Author: kerriari

I'm a dog-lovin', music-makin', jewelry-creatin', lover of life... and I just happen to have Type 1 diabetes. I think of it diabetes as my sometimes challenging friend, who sometimes frustrates me, but overall~ I know she's a weird kind of blessing.

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