Birthday Betes!

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE birthday. It is the one day that is ALL about me (and my wonderful momma). As Drake would say I like to “turn my birthday into a lifestyle”. I would just like to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday! Oh, and if you didn’t… well bless your heart. And I would just like to point out that I had my “Drake” cake and ate it too 😉 It was so delicious- shout out to one of my bestie’s, Rachel, for hooking me up. I made sure to take a double shot of insulin that day. Everything in moderation!

Stay tuned for my next post! xoxo

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If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Sticking with something is never easy to do no matter what people say sometimes. You finally find a light at the end of the tunnel and then life gets in the way. Well let’s just say life has been a big cock-block lately. I am not here to complain about my life because that would be a waste of your time, however, I am here to reassure you that it’s okay to fail. Whether it’s failing at taking care of your diabetes or failing to keep up with your blog- you can always start back up, you can try, try again.

I used to go months caring for myself and doing everything a type 1 diabetic should be doing, and then something sudden would happen in my life. A boy dumped me, I failed a test, or I drank too much trash can punch at that one frat party. Then the cycle begins again. It’s so easy to hop right off the regimen you tried so hard to maintain. You suddenly don’t have the urge to pick it back up again and you become careless. I used to think I was such a horrible person for doing that not only to myself, but my family. It’s like a bad habit you can’t kick or something. BUT we are diabetics, not alcoholics, and we can do better than that. Once I stopped feeling bad for myself for missing an insulin dose or having a high blood sugar, the easier it was for me to pick up my healthy habits again.

I always thought that I was the worst diabetic in the world. When I was younger, my mom would make me have phone calls with mentors who were about my age that were living with type 1 diabetes. I remember one girl saying that she never had a blood sugar above 150 and she checked her blood sugar 7 times a day. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?! That is not normal and anyone who says it is should be stuck with 1,000 insulin syringes. There is no such thing as a “perfect” diabetic. You already have diabetes so you aren’t perfect at all. What I am trying to say is that we have good days and bad days. It’s always a good day when you don’t have any highs or lows but if you are having a bad day, please don’t give up on yourself. You are worth so much more than that number on your glucose meter.

As for me, I have failed at maintaining my blog. Simple as that. I have officially turned into another blogger in her early 20’s who tried to attract more followers. I don’t want that. Lucky for me, I can keep trying because that is what life is all about, right? 🙂 I will never give up on writing and sharing my advice.

If you have any advice, tips or questions, please feel free to reach out! I am already working on my next post!

With love,

Alex

Dia-versary

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Today marks 14 years of having type 1 diabetes. It was been an uphill battle but I am still fighting each and everyday! It has been a long time since I have written anything but that just means I have been living life to the fullest 😉 My OmniPod pump has been life changing to say the least. I have big plans coming up so STAY TUNED! Let’s just say JoJo Fletcher and I have a lot in common right now…(I am not engaged or getting engaged)

If you are a type 1 diabetic, please share how you celebrate your Dia-versary! I am “dying” to know<3

Stay sharp,

Alex

New Year, New Pump.

I know that it has been a while since I have written a blog post, but that just means A LOT of exciting things have been happening in my life. I spent Thanksgiving in Wisconsin with Nick and his family, celebrated Christmas in Dallas with my family, and my brother got engaged! Oh and there is a new addition to the family… a cute little kitten named Tex. I have truly been living life to the fullest and I couldn’t be happier. And now for the big announcement (drum roll please)… I have purchased an INSULIN PUMP. Wow, let me just say that its been a long time coming!

Let me explain what a pump is to those of you who might not know what it does. Instead of injecting insulin with a syringe, the pump will do it for me. It is connected to my body at all times, and will match up with my daily activities. I control a handheld device that releases the insulin into my body. In other words… NO MORE SHOTS.

I originally wanted the pump about 10 years ago, but Dr. White said I wasn’t “ready” for that responsibility yet…he was such a gem. I thought it was going to be an easy fix for all of my problems, but I quickly realized it wasn’t. There was a lot of prep work that needed to be done and I was too immature to start that process. Once I entered high school, I was presented with the opportunity to revisit getting the pump. However, at that point I was too self-conscious to wear a contraption with tubing everywhere I went. I was a cheerleader and taking dance classes, so I definitely thought the pump would get in the way. You can’t see diabetes…but when you are sporting something like that, it makes you feel insecure; at least for me. I didn’t want to be seen in a bathing suit with it or explain to people what I was doing with a beeper in 2010. But then things changed when I met Nick (cue John Mayer song). When I met Nick, he knew I had diabetes so there wasn’t much to hide from him. He quickly learned my daily medical routine and knew about insulin pumps. He didn’t understand why I didn’t have one or why I didn’t want one. The last thing I wanted to come off as was insecure…but I couldn’t help it. I am not proud saying this, but being a young woman and having a bulky device on you at all times did not seem attractive to me. I mean who would want to be with someone who wears a beeper still? But Nick didn’t care because this was more than just a measly device…this was our future. My health is extremely important to both of us, and if this was going to make me healthier and happier, then why the hell does it matter what I look like? Nick makes me feel absolutely beautiful, and I can proudly look at myself in the mirror now and just see me… not just a diabetic. Once I realized that, I couldn’t wait to get my pump!!

Wait… there can’t always be a happy ending, right? About a year ago, my insurance company could not cover the insulin pump. I felt like I was finally doing something right and I got turned down. I began to lose hope in myself again, but I knew I couldn’t give up that easily. I started wearing my Continuous Glucose Meter everyday and waited patiently for the insurance gods to help me out. Shout out to my awesome job for this amazing opportunity! I will be using the OmniPod which is wireless, so no tubing!

I cannot wait to share my progress with you all!

-Alex

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The Sweet Life

To most, I am just a typical 22 year old college grad living in Austin, Texas. I love vodka, chocolate, and McDonald’s hamburgers. Oh, and I am a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed on August 1, 2002 at the age of 9. Diabetes is a disease that cannot be seen, but that does not mean it is easy to accept.

“Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. The far more common type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin.

Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. But it can be managed. With proper treatment, people with type 1 diabetes can expect to live longer, healthier lives than people with type 1 diabetes in the past”.

Having diabetes has been a huge obstacle in my life and has caused my family and me so much heartache. Being diagnosed at a young age was difficult because my whole world turned upside down without any warning and I was extremely angry about it. I began to ignore the disease and ended up in the hospital many times due to my carelessness. I stopped checking my blood sugar and stopped taking my insulin injections. I was turned away from doctors because of my own neglect. I remember one of my doctors’ telling me if I kept up my ways, I wouldn’t live past the age of 30. I had nowhere to turn… and no one to turn to. My parents tried so hard to help me, but I had built such a high wall around myself that no one could save me. I slipped into a deep depression in my early teenage years. I began to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed me with clinical depression and prescribed me anti-depressants which I still take to this day.
When I went away to college, I made a promise to my mom. I promised her that I would take care of my health so that she didn’t have to worry about me slipping into a diabetic coma alone in my apartment. I had already put my parents through so much; I couldn’t let them down again… I wouldn’t allow myself to hurt the people who loved me the most. I wanted to prove to everyone that I could be in control of this disease.  Well I am happy to say that I graduated college in four years and I am still alive to talk about it.

Here are a few misconceptions about type 1 diabetes:

  1. You can’t eat sugar.

Alex’s Advice- You CAN eat sugar, you just have to take your insulin. I wouldn’t advise eating it every day, but hey… get that Sonic Oreo Blast if you’re having a bad day.

  1. You got diabetes because you ate too much sugar.

Alex’s Advice- BYE.

  1. You can’t drink alcohol.

Alex’s Advice- Vodka has no carbohydrates 😉 Actually, I try to stay away from sugary drinks (margaritas, cherry vodka sours, etc.) Try vodka soda with a lime or vodka Diet Coke. You can’t go wrong! For beer drinkers, you always have Michelob Ultra.

So why does this matter? I am here to write my memoir and hope that others can read about my experiences and find a common ground. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had no one to guide me through that difficult time. I so badly wish I had a role model that knew what I was going through. (That gives me an idea for a diabetic Barbie). I am living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to. DON’T EVER let anyone tell you different… yes I am talking to you Dr. White!

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL…insulin pumps, bruises and all.

I hope you will follow me on my journey<3

-Alex

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Resources

 “Type 1 Diabetes.” – Mayo Clinic. N.p., 2 Aug. 2014. Web. 07 Nov. 2015.