Holiday Trouble

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! I celebrate Christmas and it was so nice to see all of my extended family that I don’t see often. Although it was all great, of course the whole T1D portion was um, hell. I think it is extra tricky because I am eating different food. Normally, I eat pretty much the same thing everyday. Not because I HAVE to (like the overwhelming majority of people think) but merely because I love those particular foods that I eat on a daily basis. However, during the holidays I was eating a lot sweets obviously for dessert almost every night as opposed to my normal schedule where I rarely eat dessert. Quick side note – if I haven’t emphasized this enough already, I CAN EAT SWEETS!!!!!! It’s just that I try not to eat dessert every night solely because I am trying to eat healthy. Sorry, just had to add that. It bothers me how little people know and how they don’t even want to be educated on a rapidly spreading disease. Ok back to the story. So what I experienced the most was lack of insulin absorption. For example, my guess for the cupcake, say, was not 100% accurate. This made me go high. Then, when I gave myself more insulin as a correction, I would end up needing to bolus double the amount than normal since my body was so insulin resistant. This happens more when you are high for a long period of time. Generally, the longer your blood sugar is high, the more insulin you will have to give in order to lower it. The part that stunk the most, I think, it that being high for so long made me feel crappy but I had to try and rally for everyone else’s sake. I don’t see my cousins often so I tried to make the best of it while I could see them. Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is now I know for next year that I need to consider bolusing more and keeping a closer eye than usual on my blood sugars during the holidays. Hopefully then, I will feel better and my parents will sleep more during the night!!!

Max Gomez

So if you guys have read one of my first posts about the Stem for Life Conference, you know that two years ago I was asked to speak in Vatican City, Italy. There, I met many incredible people and I was able to help raise awareness about type 1 with the top researchers and doctors from all over the world. This conference occurs every two years. This year it is going to be in April. I was asked to go back to Italy to speak again this year but unfortunately I had to say no because I have too much going on with school and that kind of stuff.
Anyway, the head of the conference called my dad on Monday and asked if she could (in a sense) bring the conference to us. He said of course and next thing I knew, Max Gomez, the medical correspondent on CBS, was coming to my house the following Friday.
Max and his camera man came and interviewed my family and I for 3 hours. They recorded the whole thing so they can pick and choose portions to show at the Vatican Conference.
Although I was nervous, I am so glad I did it because it really was a lot of fun! I have included some pictures. I am still waiting on the videos and Max said he would like to use it on CBS too!

Jingle Ball 2017

Hi everyone! I know this is off topic but I went to Jingle Ball on Friday night and it was UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!! All of the artists were amazing and I had the time of my life!!! Although of course when we were driving into New York City, my CGM stop working. That figures! Why is it that any time I go somewhere important a piece of my technology fails? So frustrating. But not the end of the world, I just had to constantly be pricking my finger to test instead of looking at my CGM on my phone.

Well if you wanted to know who performed at Jingle Ball, the lineup was as follows: Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Taylor Swift, Julia Michaels, Why Don’t We, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, G-Easy, Fall Out Boy, Cheat Codes, Logic, and Charlie Puth. Usually I go to bed around 9ish so I was doubting that I was going to be able to stay awake. However the large latte I drank before we left definitely helped because I was wide awake until it ended at 12:30! I think I sat in my seat for 3 minutes the whole night because I was too busy screaming, singing, dancing, and just having a good time.

Then I went to see the movie “Wonder” yesterday and it was honestly the best movie I’ve ever seen. Everyone in the world needs to go see it. I can’t think of a minute where I wasn’t crying; it was so inspiring!!

Anyway, I know this post was kind of an unrelated and off topic post but I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Only 2 weeks until my holiday break 🙂

Last Quote!


Here is the last quote because today is the last day of diabetes awareness month! This is one of my favorite quotes because it sheds light on the severity and pain that people with type 1 have to go through every day of his/her life. In my opinion, it is spot on; there are so many aspects to living with this disease. Unless you yourself have T1D, you will never understand the emotional burden that comes along with it.

Quote (well in this case picture) #3


Yes, this is how many shots a type 1 diabetic can expect to go through; per month. You can imagine how much scar tissue builds up because there are only so many different places on your body for needles. I think the hardest part for me is all of the scars I have from my pump sites and CGM. It is difficult to have to live with these scars all over my body for the rest of your life and know that they will never go away, rather there are more to come.


Quote #2


I can not express how important to me this quote is. There are numerous occasions that I can think of off of the top of my head where people make fun of diabetics and relating weight, sugar, lack of exercise, etc to diabetes. It is so incredibly frustrating to me. If you would like to relate something, I urge you to get facts first. Only type 2 is caused by unhealthy lifestyles. It is not acceptable to lump type 1 and type 2 together considering they are two completely different diseases. I know most people are not doing it on purpose, but the ignorance is just not ok. So next time you are going to relate sugar to diabetes, please stop yourself and DON’T!!!! The two are 100% unrelated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. – Sorry if that seemed super aggressive but it is clearly a sore subject for me!

Quote #1

Diabetes 1

Also, I decided that for every day for the next four days (the rest of November), I will be posting a quote from “The Diabetic Journey” which is an account I follow on Facebook so stay tuned! I have picked out my favorites. Here is the first one. I like this quote because it explains all of the aspects of type 1 that outsiders don’t really see. Often by just looking at people with T1D, you would have no idea that they even have it. Meanwhile, they have to make game time decisions every second of their lives with a drug that has the ability to kill. It takes a lot of not only physical strength, but mental strength too.