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Friday, June 4, 2010

30 Things About My Invisible Illness

30 Things About My Invisible Illness.

Instead of a Friday Five, I decided to do a meme (because 30 is better than 5, right?).  I stole this from Kerri when she did this meme during Invisible Illness Week. 

   1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes
   2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2006
   3. But I had symptoms since: Thanksgivingish 2006
   4. The biggest adjustment I've had to make is: always making sure to test my blood sugar
   5. Most people assume: that I did something to get this disease like eating too much sugar
   6. The hardest part about mornings are: actually waking up, I need to deactivate the snooze button 
   7. My favorite medical TV show is: House
   8. A gadget I couldn't live without is: my insulin pump, Arnold
   9. The hardest part about nights are:  trying to get an in-range number and worrying about going low
  10. Each day I take: generic Prilosec and vitamins
  11. Regarding alternative treatments: I've heard of some people taking Metformin to increase insulin sensitivity, but insulin is still required
  12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Invisible, less staring
  13. Regarding working and career: I work as an environmental engineer, I like it
  14. People would be surprised to know: insulin smells like bandaids
  15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: it wasn't really that hard to accept, I had a lot of good support
  16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: make delicious meals that are not so bad and are diabetes-friendly
  17. The commercials about my illness: involve Diabeetus guy (and cat?)
  18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: getting a glass of McAlister's Sweet Tea and just going to town!
  19. It was really hard to have to give up: see #18
  20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: hehe, blogging?
  21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: work out without worrying about going low
  22. My illness has taught me: to be patient, everyday is different
  23. One thing people say that gets under my skin is:  "Should you be eating that?"  "No, actually, I'm committing suicide." *rolls eyes*
  24. But I love it when people: try to make meals that are "diabetic friendly", it's not necessary, but they make a sacrifice for their meal, and I appreciate it
  25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it's own."  Matthew 6:34 and so, so true
  26. When someone is diagnosed I'd like to tell them: I won't say anything. I'll just give them ((hugs)).
  27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: it's a lot of work, and the pay sucks!
  28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn't feeling well was: gave me a trash can (thanks, babe!) sorry, TMI but true 
  29. I'm involved with Invisible Illness Week because: Ummm, this was a copy, but I will be next time!
  30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: makes me feel loved, seriously, I love this community

Have a great weekend!  =)

1 comment:

  1. (((hugs))) And we all love you!! I like number 25. That is very true. :)

    I also hate when people say "should you be eating that??" Or back at my work they wouldn't say anything, just slap my hand as I'm trying to get something. Rude!

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