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Invisible Disease Meme September 16, 2011

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1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2008
3. But I had symptoms since: 2007
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Constant juggle to try to get the numbers “right”
5. Most people assume: That I have Type 2 diabetes
6. The hardest part about mornings are: When I wake up high, high, high and have to still get ready for work and head in.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Bones. Isn’t that medical?
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My meter. Gotta be able to test!
9. The hardest part about nights are: Worries of going low
10. Each day I take 2 pills & a lot of insulin.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Don’t really use any
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible. Though I’m not entirely invisible with my diabetes since I test in public and sport a pump.
13. Regarding working and career: I am fortunate to have a career I enjoy and a company that allows the flexibility that diabetes sometimes requires
14. People would be surprised to know: That I can eat most things.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: The need for constant awareness
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: I don’t have a good answer for this one
17. The commercials about my illness: Most seem to focus on old people…but I like the one with Crystal Bowersox, playing guitar and the man says “do you test on those fingers”
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Being able to get dressed without having to find a place for my pump!
19. It was really hard to have to give up: Being able to go somewhere without a purse.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Raising money for diabetes
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Be pretty happy and chill.
22. My illness has taught me: That there’s more to diabetes than just the numbers. It ain’t all science.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: Any of the stories of people that have died or lost limbs from diabetes.
24. But I love it when people: Ask non-judgmental questions.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: It’s going to be alright. Be patient and kind to yourself.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: there are a lot of awesome people who also happen to have diabetes
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: bring me some diet soda.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I sometimes need to think consciously about diabetes more than the numbers.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Appreciative.