Saturday, November 4, 2023

Diabetes Awareness Month - Two Messages

It has been awhile since I last blogged, and in the year (and a couple months) a lot has happened!   Reviving the blog during diabetes awareness month in order to spread awareness (of course!) but continue to share my growth, hiccups and life changes along the way.  

As many people know, I started this blog just after diagnosis in 2009. I was freshly out of high school by a year, and was in between stages of my life - High school and Post Secondary.  I knew that life was going to be different after that diagnosis. I knew no longer could I eat without a thought (how many carbs, what will this do to my blood sugar, did I bolus correctly?) and that once seemingly simple things wouldn’t be as simple anymore. 

Flash forward 13 years later, and here we are.  In this time, not once can I think of when diabetes did not allow me, instead it sometimes acted as a motivation to press on anyways. Don’t get me wrong, diabetes made sure it provided enough challenges for me along the way, but I can confidently say I have not let it discourage me. 

Since last blogging, I have gotten pregnant, had a successful and mainly uneventful pregnancy and had another healthy baby boy.  Now as a busy mom of two boys now, currently on maternity leave with one in school and one depending on me night and day, diabetes sometimes takes a back seat. Never enough to worry me, but there are times I forget to bolus, that’s for sure! 

I guess for diabetes awareness month, my two messages are short and sweet (no pun intended!). First, be aware of the signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Common symptoms are frequent urination, blurry vision, extreme thirst and weight loss. 

Second, if you are diagnosed with diabetes or someone you love is diagnosed with diabetes, know that despite challenges, it is possible to do all things you set your heart on.   

Hopefully, I’ll blog sooner than later again, but in the meantime, I’ll be over here making school lunches, changing diapers, and trying to remember to bolus.