We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.
My journey with type 1 diabetes began on the 28th of January in 2014, and ever since, life has been a roller coaster. Understanding my body, and living with it has been an experience.
As a 16-year-old girl living with diabetes, I have learned to be proactive, to plan ahead, and to advocate for myself. I hope that by sharing my experiences, I can help others who are facing similar challenges and raise awareness about the realities of living with diabetes.
One important aspect of managing diabetes is staying on top of advancements in treatment and technology. I’ve already seen significant advancements in diabetes management tools since my diagnosis. For example, there are now continuous glucose monitor systems (CGMS) that can provide real-time blood sugar readings, which can help improve diabetes management and reduce the risk of complications. There are also new medications and therapies being developed that could potentially cure diabetes in the future.
I have used Novorapid for my injections and later for the pump as well. Using Dexcom and Omnipod for the initial years was a big support. Later because of the non-availability of Omnipod, I had to switch to Medtronics Pump.
In terms of career and education, having diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back. Many successful people have achieved their goals while living with diabetes, including professional athletes, musicians, and entrepreneurs. With the right support and management strategies, it’s possible to pursue any career or education path that you choose.
But, I have also learned that it’s important to find a support system, whether it’s family, friends, or other people who understand what you’re going through. My mother, Ekta has been a pillar of strength for me from the day I was diagnosed and through all my challenges. My dreams are fuelled by her passion to see me succeed as a strong and independent girl.
Connecting with other diabetics has been a game-changer for me. It’s so comforting to know that I’m not alone and that there are others out there who are going through the same thing.
When it comes to the future of living with diabetes, it’s important to remember that this diagnosis doesn’t have to limit your potential. With the right mindset and management strategies, it’s possible to live a full and fulfilling life with diabetes.
One of the most important things that I have learned is the importance of self-confidence and self-introspection. When I was first diagnosed, I felt like my life was over. But over time, I realized that diabetes doesn’t define me. I am still the same person that I was before my diagnosis, and I can still do anything that I set my mind to. It’s important to focus on the things that you can control and not let your diabetes hold you back.
One of the things that has helped me the most is reaching out to other kids who have a similar diagnosis. I have met so many amazing people through diabetes support groups and online forums. It’s really comforting to know that I’m not alone in this journey, and it’s helpful to hear about other people’s experiences and strategies for managing their diabetes.
Advocating for youth with diabetes has also given me a sense of purpose. It has made me realize that I can make a difference in the world and that my experiences can help others. It has given me the courage to speak up and share my story, and it has taught me to be more empathetic toward others who are struggling with their own challenges.
As for my vision for the future, I have a lot of dreams and goals. I aim to study to become a doctor and work in healthcare so I can be of help more actively, beyond guidance, to people. I feel that to be my calling.
I also want to travel the world and experience different cultures. And of course, I will continue to contribute to diabetes awareness and education. I know that diabetes will always be a part of my life, but I am determined to not let it hold me back from achieving my goals.
Living with diabetes has definitely been a challenge, but it has also taught me a lot about resilience, self-confidence, and the importance of community. I am grateful for the support of my family and friends, and I am excited about what the future holds. If you or someone you know is living with diabetes, know that you are not alone. There is a whole community out there ready to support and encourage you on your journey.
By advocating for youth with diabetes, I hope to inspire others to be confident in themselves and their abilities and to not let diabetes hold them back. Be proud of who you are, and never be afraid to share your story and experiences with others.