This week, September 12-18, 2011 is Invisible Illness Week.check it out and join in.
30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: late 1974
3. But I had symptoms since: early 1974
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: going from 1 injection to MDI's to a Pump
5. Most people assume: i have to watch what i eat
6. The hardest part about mornings are: dealing with a High BG
7. My favorite medical TV show is: House
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my Pump/Meter
9. The hardest part about nights are: worrying about a Low BG
10. Each day I take 5 pills & 0 vitamins, as well as a never-ending supply of insulin! oh ya, and occasionally candies as medicine!!
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: usually read about them and disregard
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: the invisible one i have. it can be invisible when i want it to be, or as visible as i choose to make it.
13. Regarding working and career: i would like to work towards educating newly diagnosed diabetic children~helping them realized the sky is the limit and there's nothing they can't do.
14. People would be surprised to know: that with Diabetes you can do whatever you want to do, there really are no limitations.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: my "new reality" is 37yrs old! not sure i remember the "old reality".
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: actually live as long as i have. doom and gloom was the story when i was dx'd in the 70's
17. The commercials about my illness: not many commercials regarding Diabetes on Cdn channels. and the ones on the American channels all seem to pander to type 2's.
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: eating without thought
19. It was really hard to have to give up: i guess when i think about it, i never really "gave up" anything. i have gotten married, had 3 children, worked, travelled, partied, and generally enjoyed life as much as any of the non-PWD's that i know.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: being more interested in healthy cooking and eating, oh and blogging!!
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: relax, enjoy the day, and eat without the math!!
22. My illness has taught me: many things including patience. (read waiting for the illusive CURE that is always just "around the corner')
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "Are you sure you can eat that? Can I offer you something else?" yes i can, and no you can't!!!
24. But I love it when people: treat me like they would anyone else. no questions about anything D-related.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: tomorrow is another day ;)
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: YOU CAN DO THIS!!
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: how much people don't understand about it.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: bring me popsicles (my 5yo grandson~he said they make him feel better so he thought they would make me better too!)
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: the louder we speak out about them the more people will understand the struggles involved, and the things that need to be done to help find a cure.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: as if my disease and what i have to say is important and in some way may help someone else.