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Chronic Illness, mental health, Type 1 Diabetes

The Good Diabetic

Good: adjective. To be desired or approved of. The Oxford Dictionary I share a lot of aspects of my life with people, and I find that I am the most open about my life with Type 1 Diabetes. This wasn't something that happened overnight, but rather it came from me being frustrated with stereotypes surrounding… Continue reading The Good Diabetic

Chronic Illness, Type 1 Diabetes

The Five Stages of Grief & Type 1 Diabetes: Denial

Denial: (noun) The action of declaring something to be untrue. The Oxford Dictionary Denial is the first stage of grief. They say it's to help us survive the loss. I remember the phone call from the doctors office very vividly on the day I was diagnosed. I was at work, lifeguarding at my local YMCA.… Continue reading The Five Stages of Grief & Type 1 Diabetes: Denial

Chronic Illness, mental health, Type 1 Diabetes

The 5 Stages of Grief & Type 1 Diabetes

Almost four years ago, I was given a life changing diagnosis: Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). I look back on that time a lot and I remember feeling a lot of things like fear, guilt, and depression. One thing I noticed after looking back on those first few months is that I was going through what… Continue reading The 5 Stages of Grief & Type 1 Diabetes

Chronic Illness, Type 1 Diabetes

I Went Camping for the First Time Since My Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Disclaimer: Zach and I followed all regulations put in place by the US Department of Agriculture in response to COVID-19 when visiting the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. Our campsite was open to campers, and we did not enter any part of the Grasslands that was still closed to visitors to help slow the spread of COVID-19.… Continue reading I Went Camping for the First Time Since My Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

Chronic Illness, Type 1 Diabetes

From College Graduate to Type One Diabetic: What No One Told Me Post-Grad Life Would Be Like

May is often a busy month for people. School years come to an end, milestone celebrations such as graduation take place, and many of us start to participate in summer activities. When I started my last year of college in the fall of 2015, I couldn't wait for May. For the entire school year, I… Continue reading From College Graduate to Type One Diabetic: What No One Told Me Post-Grad Life Would Be Like

Chronic Illness, mental health, Type 1 Diabetes

A Letter to My Newly Diagnosed Self

This letter has rapidly become a lot longer than I was anticipating so I'll try to end it, but I want your biggest take away from this to be that you're going to be just fine. I know it doesn't seem like it, and I know that the only real way you're going to believe that is with time. You are a very strong person, and you've made a lot of people in your life incredibly proud by how you've handled what you've been dealt. You're going to be sad for awhile. You might even find that in a few years from now, you'll still be sad some days, but it gets easier. Soon it'll all become habit, it'll all become routine. Even on the days where it feels like you're riding a bike that's on fire and everything around you is on a fire, just know that you're doing great.

Chronic Illness, mental health, Type 1 Diabetes

All The Things They Don’t Tell You After Being Diagnosed

Once upon a time, I was just your average 22 year old. I had just finished my collegiate swimming career, graduated college, and I would have considered myself to be a healthy individual who was in the best shape of their life. Little did I know that in three months, my life would change completely.… Continue reading All The Things They Don’t Tell You After Being Diagnosed