Here I am trying to give an insulin shot in the wild, the struggle is real 🙈 》 As the temperature gets colder, the amount of layers of clothes I wear increase and it becomes a struggle to reach some skin suitable for a bolus
This picture captures pretty well what it feels like trying to reach my stomach. I can barely see over my scarf! 🧣❄
Day 15. Ran some numbers on my cost of T1D and multiplied it out. THIS IS JUST FOR SUPPLIES! No doctors visits, no cost of “time” no low food. You get the picture. If you steal this- remember these are my numbers- and I’d appreciate credit. Furthermore many are estimates. However, you can see why it doesn’t “pay” to find that elusive cure”. #happydiabeticchallenge#t1d#typeonediabetes#diabadass
It was so much more than she imagined. It was challenging and there were days when Abby was too busy to make it to the gym and her diet went out the window, but she didn’t give up.
-Now she wears clothes that once fit too small
-Now she walks into a gym and knows what she’s doing
-Now she is happy with who she sees in the mirror and she is confident AF
Guess what, friend? ...You are so capable of having that, too.
Abby is proof that there is no “perfect” time to go all in on yourself. Life is one big giant surprise and if we wait until we’re “ready” we’ll never get to where we want to be.
It’s about taking action, doing our best and learning how to achieve our goals despite the obstacles.
There is no time like the present.
Comment below and tell me, what are you working towards today? 👇🏼💛
🙋🏼♀️I’m working to be be fully present and enjoy the process in every moment.
Can you relate to the struggle of temptations when you’re trying to stay on track, particularly the struggle at work?! People bringing in treats, your favorite patient and wife bringing you in cookies from your favorite bakery, irregular eating times and water intake...The odds seem to be stacked against you even bringing your prepped food!
This cleanse has been going...not the best...but for the most part I’ve been 90/10 on track. Two nights ago I chose veggies over junk, but last night when I’m handed a box of cookies and day 15 no caffeine, I kind of couldn’t resist a chunk of the coffee shortbread cookie. 🤷🏼♀️ I’m human. And a type 1 diabetic. Balance is where I live!
Don’t be hard On yourself if you decide to take a treat. If you repeatedly make that decision then just be ready to possibly be faced with different results you might have been seeking. I have one week left and am proud of where I am despite a difficult work schedule. So think of where you are and keep that as motivation to move forward ✌🏼
The cost to live with t1d is outrageous. So this first picture is how I feel when I have supplies and a fridge full of insulin. 💁🏼♀️🙌🏽The next picture is how I feel when I pay my copays at doctor appointments, order my insulin, test strips, and pump supplies. 🙅🏼♀️😭💔 It’s so ridiculous that we have to pay thousands of dollars to STAY ALIVE. We need affordable Insulin. We need affordable supplies. Thank goodness for insurance but it’s still SO expensive when you do have insurance. ☹️ But all we can do is stay strong and keep fighting. 💪🏽#diabetesawarenesschallenge#diabadass#diabetesawarenessmonth#diabetesawareness#bloodsugar#pump#cgm#teststrips#t1dlookslikeme
#tbt to June, coming back home from an amazing vacation, unexpectedly bringing back a 9 week old puppy and having to tough through an 18+ hr layover. With a puppy. He napped good on my lap under my jacket but I never wish anyone to have to go through that!
What plane layover experiences do you have?
"I found my-self. My true self. The one who was no longer scared of being burnt by the fire or extinguished as a name the waves wash away. I was alive and longing.(...)" Little glimpse of my new #wip 😊😊
Day 15 #diabetesawarenessmonth 💙 This probably sounds like an exaggeration to most but it really is what happens when a #diabetics sugar goes low. It’s a super ugly feeling and all I want to do is sit and not move but if i don’t get my blood sugar up death is what follows. It’s #theuglytruth as scary it is.
I think in South Africa. Like all places. Diabetic supplies are way too expensive. Let me start with when I was on the pump.
With my pump my supplies were R5000 a month. Most South Africans. Would be like WHAT. How.
Now let me get to the best part. No medical aid, other than the discovery 14,000 per month premium member deal wanted to pay for my supplies.
Let's look at what I still pay.
R1200 for my insulin.
R700 for my strips.
R600 for my insulin pen needles.
That's still R2.5 not including my HbA1c checks, checkups, pills, nor for the other medical expenses.
I stopped using my pump because I thought it didn't help me.
But how can the average south african that makes R4000-R8000 a month go on and pay for this?
It's quite disgusting that insulin prices are manipulated by 3 huge corporations, that make profit off of our disability to make it ourself.
How many diabetics die every year because they can't get insulin? How many diabetics lives would be saved if insulin was free?
“Does having type 1 diabetes stops you from doing anything?” - “no, on the contrary, I CAN do anything” 😉 (Obviously apart from being a pilot or an ambulance driver)
During #diabetesawarenessmonth I had the opportunity to share my type 1 diabetes experience with a room full of future doctors at Queen Mary University London today. .
It is so important for the medical students to learn and understand type 1 diabetes from a T1D patient’s perspective. I also demonstrated how my #medtronic640g insulin pump and #freestylelibre sensor work.
Thank you for having me @officialqmul 💙
Question to T1Ds here: “Does having T1D stops you from doing things? Or do you share the same view as me?