Wow, can you believe it’s November already? Only 60 days left of the year! This year has flown by, and so much has happened in my life, mainly Diabetes related. In March this year, I celebrated my 25th Diaversary. 25 years since I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic aged just 6 years old and my life changed forever. Not that I really felt the change. Yes, I did struggle big time to deal with the fact that I had to watch what I eat, but in regards to taking medication for the rest of my life, it’s all I remember. In April this year, I decided to join the blogging world, seeing it as a chance for me to talk about my experiences, my struggles, my wins in terms of living with Diabetes. A little place I could write without being judged, in the hopes that it would be read by people who have been, or are in, a similar position as I was, trying to juggle the many balls of Diabetes, and possibly to help them realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is so much to think about, and it can often feel like your head is going to explode with all the information. 25 years on, I’m still learning, but I’m a massive advocate in taking baby steps.
In July, my Diabetes game changed when I was given the go ahead by my Consultant to switch from using Multiple Daily Injections (MDI), to using an Insulin Pump. Over the last 18 months, I’ve made my health my priority and have worked hard to improve my control. Seeing how hard I was working, and how much effort I’d put into turning things around, but still seeing me struggle with fluctuations in my blood glucose control, he decided I’d benefit from pump treatment. He warned that I had months of hard work ahead, but I knew he knew I could do it. I’ve now being pumping for just over 3 months and I’ve not looked back! My only regret in life is not looking into insulin pump treatment earlier, but I’m not going to dwell on it, life is hard enough as it is without thinking “What if?”
November is an important month in the world of Diabetes. Diabetes Awareness Month, which originated in the US, but is now recognised worldwide, occurs every November, and World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14th, promoting a different theme each year. This year’s theme is ‘Eyes On Diabetes’, focusing on the early diagnosis and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in order to avoid serious complications. So as you can probably imagine, November is a big deal for all types of Diabetics and their loved ones. There’s lots going on online to raise awareness, some of which I am currently taking part in on my various social media channels, to help do my bit. Over the next month, I am aiming to focus a large portion of my blog posts on Diabetes, so be sure to check back every now and then to see what I’m up to. Fancy joining in and doing some of your own social media awareness promotion? I’ve listed some of my favourites below!
JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Project Blue November
Instagram Challenge – Share Your D Life in Pictures
Facebook Challenge – Turn Facebook Blue (and share one fact a day)
…and loads more fun campaigns such as ‘A Big Blue Test’ and ‘Blue Streak’