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! =)