In 2017, there was a school biking trip where we had the opportunity to bike across the south of France. I was hesitant to go and bike for 2 weeks (8 hours per day) because I was afraid I would struggle with my blood sugars. I purchased a Dexcom and trained on a stationary bike for months before my trip. When the time came, I was very nervous but sure enough I conquered the journey and it has been my biggest accomplishment ever. I realized that diabetes does not have to stop you from anything.
My Health Details
- Type of Diabetes:Type 1
- Low blood sugar instances per week:1-3 Instances
- Daily number of times checking blood sugar:4-6 times/day
- Managing Diabetes with:Insulin Pump
- What age were you diagnosed with diabetes?6-10
- How long does it typically take you to come up when you are low?Under 1 hour
Do you have a diabetic hero that you look up to? If so, who and why?
My older brother is a type 1 diabetic, and he made me feel safe when I was diagnosed and I always look up to how well managed he is.
What is your biggest challenge with diabetes?
To be honest, this may sound off but I fear long term complications (although I’m well controlled) and that gives me a lot of fear and anxiety about my future with diabetes.
What have you learned from your experiences with diabetes?
You can do anything you put your mind to.