celebrating world diabetes day with my insulin pens

Happy World Diabetes Day

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It’s November 14th! I’m throwing up my syringes and insulin pens in the air (instead of confetti) to celebrate World Diabetes Day! And of course, wearing my blue beanie for awareness day. I wanted to express my love and gratitude to all of the amazing diabetics that I have had the honor in meeting. There are so many wonderful Type 1s that inspire me to continue to live the life I love. This blessing in disguise can take us to new heights and we are the strong people that have been chosen to deal with it 24/7. Together we stand, support, and learn from each other. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing community of people and I honestly couldn’t be where I am now without all of them. Thank you fellow Type 1s and keep rockin’ it out there! We all have each other for support.. Dont forget that.

Looking back on my diabetic journey so far, I can easily say that being diagnosed with Type 1 has been one of the best things that has happened to me.

Before being Type 1, I graduated college, worked at a job, and was utterly confused about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. There were a lot of things that I was interested in pursuing, but nothing that I was extremely passionate about. When I quit my job to go travel the world, I left the country in the hopes of finding myself and finding my purpose in life. I wanted to see how other people live their lives and what others did to make their living. Little did I know that being diagnosed overseas would grant the answers to all these questions that I have been desperately asking myself. My answer came to me by becoming Type 1.

After being diagnosed and eventually accepting it, diabetes has given me my life’s purpose. Type 1 has given me the push in the right direction that I needed in order to pursue my true desires. I have found a way to put all of my passions of health, fitness, cooking, helping people, business, entrepreneurship, creativity, social media, etc. all into one package. I now see a clear pathway for myself and I am constantly excited to see where it leads me.

I am thankful for this diabetic struggle that I have been given in my life because it proves to me every single day how strong I (and all diabetics) really am. Positivity is everything.

there is no such thing as perfect quote

Perfect Is Boring

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Sometimes we just need a reminder of this. Not everyone is perfect. Everyone goes through life with some kind of struggle or setback that makes them not perfect. Type 1 can be a blessing in disguise. It’s all about that positive attitude. Our imperfections is what makes us strong! Remember that.

crossed the long beach marathon finish line

A Whole New Meaning to Accomplishment

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Finishing my first half marathon was one of the most fulfilling things that I have ever accomplished. Many of the half and full marathons that I have finished before were all just for fun and to just complete them. This time was different. Running this race had a lot of meaning for me. I had to prove to myself that having Type 1 does not hold me back nor should it stop me from following my dreams and goals. This day showed a lot to me and it’s a step in the greater direction in believing that Type 1 doesn’t make me a weak person. It shouldn’t make anyone feel weak.

nervous at the starting line

nervous at the starting line

Waking up in the morning at 5:30am, my blood sugar was 89. I continued to get dressed and do my morning routine to get ready for my race. I ate a protein bar to get my blood sugars up to 120. I did not take any long-lasting or short-lasting insulin that morning so that my blood sugars wouldn’t go too low during the run. I started the race 7:00am, ready to roll. Starting out I was feeling great! I was feeling light on my feet and my breathing was at a relaxed pace. I truly feel the difference of my energy levels and strength after making my lifestyle change to a paleo, gluten free, sugar free, grain free, dairy free lifestyle. I have noticed that my body feels cleaner and my movements feel smoother. Cruising through the mile markers, I felt like the old me, the non-diabetic me.. As I was running, I felt as though all my struggles of a new Type 1 Diabetic have disappeared and that I was back in my old body doing what it knows best. My goal of this race was to stay in touch with my body, listen to it, and feel everything that is going on with it. I didn’t care so much about my time for this run because finishing and getting through it as a Type 1 was good enough for me. I want to feel out my first one so that by my next one, I can really push myself.

Through out my run, I alternated between watered-down Gatorade and water to keep me hydrated, replenish my electrolytes, and to keep up my blood sugars because I know when running long distances, I gradually get low. By mile 7, I started to feel a loss of energy and I opened up a packet of my Clif Energy Gels, which are packed with fast acting carbs and sugars that will help bring my blood sugar and energy back up. Immediately after doing this, I felt great and back up to speed.

I kept running along to where at mile 9.5 my leg muscles start to feel a little bit of cramping. I take deep breaths and create a mind over body type of meditation. I just kept thinking about the finish line and how my body can get me through this, it has done it before so it should do it again. By mile 11 I start to feel the lull of loss of energy again. I have mastered this feeling because I know that it means my blood sugars are a little low. But I continue to run and squeeze another Clif Energy Gel in to my mouth along with some Gatorade and I feel good again.

The last mile always seems the longest. Mile 12 is this never ending mile that seems to want to kill me. I push through just thinking that there is only one mile between me and the finish line. One mile is nothing. One mile is not going to stop me from getting to my goal. Before I know it, I’m at mile 13! I see the mile marker and I pick up my pace to kick it into my second gear. Coasting towards the end, the crowd thickens and my adrenaline kicks it. I’m now sprinting at full force towards the finish line, passing people left and right. Before I know it, I crossed it! I crossed the finish line as a Type 1 Diabetic. My first half marathon as a diabetic and nothing bad happened to me. As they placed the medal on my neck, that feeling right then and there was one of the most powerful feelings that I have felt in a long time. I finished on my own, my own body, independent, fearless, and accomplished.

finisher's medal

finisher’s medal

I was greeted by my amazing cheerleading supporter who immediately squished me in his embrace and continued to describe how much I continue to inspired him every single day. To me, it is one of the most rewarding feelings to be able to inspire (not only myself) but influence others in accomplishing their own personal goals.

finished with my medal and support team

finished with my medal and support team

Within one race, I felt the whole spectrum of human emotions. While running, I couldn’t help but take those 2.5 hours and reflect about my life and the path I have taken. 13.1 miles to myself to think about anything and everything. I felt happy that I was able to complete something that the Type 1 disease couldn’t take away from me. I felt sad¬†because of the unbelievable struggles and hard times that I have had to face after being diagnosed.. From almost being on my deathbed in Europe to having to face reality, people, friends, family about what Type 1 is and constantly having to explain to them that it is NOT Type 2. I felt excited because life is now different for me, I am a whole new person starting a whole new book of my life. The old me is gone and a completely new, confident, health driven, passionate, independent, fearless, determined person has blossomed. I felt angry, not because my legs were in pain, but because¬†of how uneducated the world is about this huge dangerous disease and how people don’t even know that there are two very different types of diabetes. Type 1 is like a form of cancer and it deserves to have more awareness and education than it does now. I felt love because I was currently doing what I love to do and I was doing it for ME, no one else. I felt the amazing loving support from my friends, family, and the Diabetic community cheering me on to complete something that many Type 1 Diabetics are afraid to do.

I finished the race with a blood sugar at 79. That was a perfect ending to another life changing day. I had a banana and coconut water post-race to bring up my sugars to a better level of 105. I continued the rest of the day not having to use any insulin at all because of my food choices and the extensive workout that I had.

official finisher's picture with my medal

official finisher’s picture with my medal

Another milestone of my life has been made.

cure for diabetes news article

Type 1 Stem Cell Breakthrough

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Major breakthrough today! I hope this new discovery actually works and sends us down a new path! We are tired of waiting for another consistent “10 years” for a cure. It’s about time to make some changes. Douglas Melton, lead Harvard medical researcher, made big development in stem cell research that results in pancreatic cells that produce insulin. He has dedicated his life to finding a cure after his two children have both developed Type 1 Diabetes 20 years ago. This shows me that he is set on finding a cure, not only for the rest of the world, but for the sake of his own children. If this becomes an actual cure, I hope the FDA and pharmaceutical companies get on board because they will lose a lot of money if everyone gets cured. Type 1 gives $15 billion dollars to the pharmacies every year. Consequently, I would hope that pharmaceutical companies’s worries about money would not hold back any diabetic cure advancements. Sometimes you just can’t always trust that the System really wants to help the people, because in reality, the System is what can hold us back. I sound extreme, but if you think about it, it can be true.

Read the full Harvard stem cell article at: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/10/giant-leap-against-diabetes/

and at:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/science/2014/10/09/diabetes-progress-stem-cell-recipe-creates-millions-insulin-producing-cells/jZIQgEAL4vsq3xOZtjCu2J/story.html