the Mission

There are many options available online for Type One Diabetics looking for advice about their day-to-day activities. The goal of this blog is to provide practical, easy recommendations for control as well as examples from my own life. I have been very fortunate to lead an eventful life with many experiences that I’m sure all T1Ds can relate to and would like to provide those experiences as an example of how to be comfortable in situations that may occur. I would also like to be a voice of comfort for those parents who are not sure how to react as their child or children experience growing up with Diabetes and assure them that even when things do not go as expected, that everything will be okay. 

I have been very fortunate to have the assistance of both understanding parents and understanding friends while growing up with T1D. Though I have never felt completely comfortable having an ultra proactive view on diabetes support, I have managed to clue into the understanding of what makes us unique. Reviewing and reaching back to early stages of my life with the experiences I’ve gained, I feel I now have some ammunition to provide some tips for survival. Again – this is simply practical examples from one diabetic to an interested audience and not a list of exact and tested medical advice. Readers can look to this blog for assistance, comfort, and understanding when situations arise that maybe similar and one can use my example as what they could consider doing, or in other cases, what not to do.  I have about 21 years of life experience with diabetes that I will utilize to the best of my abilities and in the future will call upon my wife, brother, and parents to provide their experiences. The goal to show that having Type One Diabetes is not a singular, lonely journey but one that you can access additional support whether or not you look for it. I can easily admit that at certain stages of my life overwhelming situations arose and if not for the combined strength of my family and friends to back me up, those situations could have enveloped me and distorted my view of living with diabetes.

I’ve always been independent. I’ve always had courage. But I didn’t always own my diabetes.
— Mary Tyler Moore

What I've been through