A hectic month – by Vanessa
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great Easter, unfortunately I only received one Easter egg, one of the main reasons being the fact I am diabetic, so maybe that’s a good thing! However I did find it hard watching everyone else gorge on milk chocolate. I was offered a diabetic Easter egg, but as you all probably know, diabetic chocolate is a big no-no! Zero sugar does not equal zero fat or carbs, but probably more. I did however eat my one Easter egg in proportion, whilst carb counting and adjusting my insulin of course!
I would say I have had a hectic month, and I would say this month has been somewhat of an eye opener, as I recently had my yearly eye test, and my results showed that I have Stage 1 Retinopathy. When I received the letter I was very shocked and upset, as I never thought it would happen to me, and I think this goes for everyone else. I wouldn’t say my control is bad, but I wouldn’t say it was perfect in my teenage years, and maybe that is to contribute to why I have contracted Retinopathy.
But instead of dwelling upon the negative aspects of the situation, I thought positive and I told myself that this situation was now going to be a turning point in my life, for the better. I have started to check my blood sugars before and after every meal, adjusting my insulin according to my results, along with carb counting properly rather than just ‘guessing’ (The ‘Carbs and Cals’ app on the iPhone is brilliant!). Overall, over the past few weeks, having better control over my condition has made me feel a lot better in myself, and I am determined to keep it up!
One aspect that has helped motivate me includes talking to other diabetics when I have been attending the Peer Support meetings in Birmingham, to which I attended the last meeting at the end of March. I met a nice man in his 60’s that had had type 1 diabetes for 50 years! And he seemed very happy and healthy! I also met a man in his 60’s that had had type 1 for 40 years also! This was brilliant for me because it made me realise that with good control (even just with a few blips) people with diabetes can still live a full happy life, and I thought to myself, I want to be one of them.
I will be starting my peer support work very soon hopefully, there are just a few technical bits to get through concerning my email and contact number etc, but then I will be ready to answer questions and provide support! I believe that this opportunity will help me along the way also, as I get to listen to other’s experiences and viewpoints. I am incredibly excited to start and I will be writing in my next blog about overall how I found it! Hope you all have a great month and let’s hope the weather starts to improve!
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