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, 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, 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

Chronic Illness, mental health, Running, Type 1 Diabetes

Quarantine & Mental Health

Life looks a lot different than I thought it would right now. In January, I went to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with my boyfriend, Zach. The first of many trips we were planning together. COVID-19 was present in the world, but we were traveling internationally; although the four hour car ride from North Dakota to Canada… Continue reading Quarantine & Mental Health

Chronic Illness, mental health, Type 1 Diabetes

Demons

*I just want to warn everyone that this post talks about a sensitive issue and my own battles with mental illness.* Diabetes is a full time job. You think about it 24/7. Did I bolus for that meal? Did I bolus enough? How many carbs are is this meal? Will I go low over night… Continue reading Demons