Adulting with T1D

This blog post is a response to a prompt provided by my friends at the College Diabetes Network, who are celebrating College Diabetes Week from November 12-16. Even though I’m no longer in college, I like to participate in CDW activities as much as possible to show my support for the CDN!

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Most people who know me understand that I have a bit of the Peter Pan syndrome going on – I don’t want to grow up. I’d rather embrace my inner child and shun the responsibilities associated with adulthood. That’s what I’d like to do, anyways.

But the harsh reality is that I’m a woman in her mid-20s who does, indeed, have quite a few responsibilities in life. In addition to the gamut of obligations that most other adults have on their shoulders, I have an extra-special one – yup, you guessed it: diabetes.

I didn’t realize just how much my parents managed my diabetes until I got to college. Suddenly, it was on me to make sure I had enough supplies at all times, to make doctor’s appointments for myself when I wasn’t feeling well, and to do basic things like feed myself regular meals. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re adjusting to college life, meeting new people constantly, and making your own choices as to how you spend your spare time…then it becomes a big deal that can feel overwhelming at times.

The shift in responsibility was tough at times, but I made the adjustment and learned to hold myself and myself alone accountable for all aspects of my diabetes care and management. And I’m starting to prepare myself for yet another big change coming in about six months. On my 26th birthday, I’m going off my parents’ healthcare coverage and will need to enroll in my company’s plan. There’s going to be a learning curve there as I discover what will and what won’t be covered under my new plan, and I’m teaching myself to accept it. After all, it’s unavoidable, so like everything related to diabetes, I’m just going to choose to embrace the challenge with a smile on my face.

One thought on “Adulting with T1D

  1. Early on I relied a lot on my mother for help with it. She did my shots almost all the time and made the meals. Back then I only took 2 shots each day, oddly enough the exact same insulins I get now from Walmart, but there were concessions. I had to eat just the right amount of food (called carbs now-a-days) and eat at certain times a day as well. Life was scheduled plain and simple. Lots of changes had to be done when I got tired of dad’s abuse and constant micro managing of my life so I moved. Had own laundry to do, meals to plan and purchase, shots to give, sugar to check (well I was supposed to at least hated finger pokes still do), and many other details that had been taken care of for me. Move to current times, and it now is just a fact of life. More like a deep rooted part of it I guess. I see food and start counting the carbs in my mind. Then it’s how much insulin do I need? Am I going to be more or less active the next few hours? Good at it? lol An emphatic NO. I have and continue making mistakes but that is a learning process. The people at work told me while training if you don’t screw up you aren’t learning anything. Same with life. A person can not help but make mistakes and we need to learn from them or repeat over and over.

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