When I was diagnosed, I was told that diabetes is like the dark: yes it’s scary at first, but it can be conquered once you put your mind to it. But I think that advice was wrong. Diabetes should be worried about – not like stomach-ulcer-inducing worry, but something to keep in mind and incorporate into daily life– similar to drinking water. When I approached it as something that I should be afraid of, well, it didn’t help me cope with this mysterious new condition I had. It made me dread the confrontation and look for ways to take shortcuts in caring for it. Life shouldn’t be lived this way, and I want to provide what I have learned through my journey to show that diabetes doesn’t make you any less normal, but simply adds an additional ‘check’ to your daily to-do list.
It is my every intention to clarify what exactly diabetes is, and how you can use carbohydrates and insulin to manage it’s daily quirks. Before I even begin to discuss that though, I want to give you my story and what I believe qualifies me to answer your questions on diabetes. My name is Robert David, and I diagnosed myself in 2007 at 10 years old after monitoring the signs yearly. My dad has Type 1 Diabetes as well, and as you may have been told, it can be due to genetic heredity, hence the suspicion for my own diagnosis. While I was extremely fortunate to have avoided the hospital in my diagnosis, diabetes still controlled my life for much of my childhood. I’ve experienced seizures, the super-highs, and the unexplainable. I’m the first to admit that I was guilty of neglecting my condition in the past, but things have greatly changed since. I have grown, owned my disease, taken responsibility and now have a 6.4% A1c, down from 10.1% a few years ago. How did I do it? Well, I finally prioritized my health over convenience and learned what was behind my volatile sugar levels. Over these articles, I hope to share with you all of the things that helped me along the way, and how I dealt with diabetes in school, work, and around friends.
In my articles, I intend to write educational pieces on the two main areas of concern: insulin and carbohydrates, and how to work with them to balance life with diabetes. They act as a yin-and-yang of sorts, and if you are familiar, it is all about balance. Unfortunately life, especially as a kid, never makes it an easy feat. As I progress on each topic I will gradually get a little more technical, taking time to discuss the technologies that are now accepted for use with the management of diabetes and the more complex ways that you can utilize them. If you ever have any specific questions, feel free to email me at Robert.David@tamu.edu.
Living with Type 1 Diabetes Since 2007