Welcome to The Active Diabetic! This blog has been a dream of mine for a long time. I am so excited that it is finally a reality!
For many years, I worked in the outdoor industry. So often, people asked me about how to handle diabetes in different situations: How do I ensure my insulin doesn’t freeze when I’m skiing? My son has Type 1 Diabetes and is a Boy Scout…what do I do when he goes camping/backpacking? How do I keep my insulin pump dry when I’m at the beach or kayaking? How do I keep my insulin cold when I’m traveling and don’t have access to a refrigerator? How on Earth do I do a triathlon with an insulin pump? These are all fantastic questions, and great examples of the knowledge I want to share on this blog. Through a great deal of trial and error, as well as a very knowledgeable team of friends and doctors, I’ve discovered solutions to these questions and many more.
While this blog will contain information, ideas, and suggestions for the challenges type 1 diabetics may face in different activities, there will also be personal and lifestyle information as well. I was diagnosed when I was 18 years old, 3 months after I started my freshman year in college. It was undoubtedly the LAST thing I wanted to deal with, and I had a lot of discomfort, anger, and insecurity about it for a long time. How am I supposed to wear a dress with an insulin pump? Is there a way I can hide my insulin pump and testing supplies so everyone will stop asking me about it? Why is it that everyone is all of a sudden a diabetes expert, bombarding me with every rumor, story, and piece of advice they’ve ever heard about the disease? Will people ever stop saying, “I’m so sorry” when they hear that I’ve been diagnosed? I understand the frustration and the insecurity that young people feel when faced with something like Type 1 Diabetes. It can be difficult for friends, family, teachers, and school mates to understand. Being “different” is challenging for many people! I really want this blog to discuss some of those questions and concerns as well.