I always listen better to people who’ve walked in my shoes, so here are a few words of wisdom from smart women with diabetes:
“The best diabetes advice I have received is: “There are no good numbers or bad numbers… it’s all just information.” Hard to hold on to this all the time, but it really is helpful when I start judging myself for less than “perfect” blood sugars!
Michelle, T1 since Nov. 2009
“I have not had Type 1 diabetes for very long, only two years. I am an 18 year old high school senior, and avid swimmer. The best advice I have ever received about living well with diabetes wasn’t actually meant to be advice, but to me it was. When my Grandpa was told about my diagnosis all he said to me was, “Don’t ever let it stop you.” So I haven’t and plan to keep it that way; I never stopped swimming or life guarding over the summer.
“My best advice as a diabetic is the following: Learn to treat your body as if you are an athlete, this will bring the diet and exercise into proper perspective and have incredible results. Following this advice got me off the couch and lowered my A1C from 6.2 to 5.3 in one year. While I still don’t “love” exercise, I now appreciate its importance.”
“I am 22 and have been a diabetic for 15 years. I am currently wearing an insulin pump and the CGM. I work really hard and run an A1c consistently under 7. I have always been an advocate for diabetes and have participated in various ADA events.
One of the best things that anyone has ever said about me regarding diabetes is to find a reason other than yourself to fight for a cure. At this point in my life I was feeling very down about all the work that goes into maintaining good blood sugars. I felt like I had it so hard compared to the people around me. I felt like I would never overcome the disease. When I was told to find a reason other than myself to fight for a cure, I no longer focused and what it took to manage good blood sugars, but instead the notion that I HAD access to such great care. I could not think about myself, but the others who had diabetes. They had to be the reason why I walked and fundraised. They are the reason why I now go to Washington DC to lobby on behalf of those suffering with diabetes.
And I feel blessed every day that people in the past have done the same so that I have the opportunity now to wear a pump and a CGM through the funding and research dollars. It is because of people who found a reason to fight that I am living. I am not fighting for a cure for myself but for my future children, and for people in the future too that they will be able to access and use high quality care just the same as I do today! I fight for a cure for those who do not yet have diabetes!”
“It’s not high blood pressure. You don’t take a pill and forget about it. It’s ALWAYS with you. Treat it nicely and it will do the same to you. But it will NEVER forget when you didn’t treat it at all!”
Jeanne Hatcher, Type I diabetes…39 years
Thank you ladies!!!