What’s it like to have type 1 diabetes? What’s it really like?
It’s like you want to kill yourself, because being dead would be so much easier than dealing with this on a regular basis. Except, you would never actually end your life. You want to, so badly, but you’ll never do it. You don’t want diabetes to win. You won’t let the thing that’s slowly killing you to finally do it’s job. Instead, you just think about death. Obsess over it. To the point where now this disease is a mental game. No matter how often those thoughts cross your mind, you won’t do it. You refuse to let this bastard win.
It’s like you’re drowning. The waves are crashing over your head and water is slowly, and painfully, filling up your lungs but you just won’t die. You need to get air in your lungs. You can’t bare this torture any longer but the pain won’t take you away. You are stuck there in limbo. You can’t die but you can’t live either. Your life is now consumed by pain and no matter how badly you want that breath of fresh air, you won’t get it. Ever.
It’s like you listen to your parents. You follow their step-by-step instructions but they still ream you out for something that was out of your control. You did everything you were supposed to do but it still wasn’t good enough. So, you try to apologize, try to make up for it, but they aren’t having any of it. They punish you and you think ’this is so unfair’ but this is your life now and you have to get used to it.
It’s like the world around you is on fire. Everyone and everything you have ever loved is going up in flames. You do absolutely everything in your power to try to save them all but your efforts are in vein. You’re the only one not getting touched by the fire but you see and hear all your loved ones crying out for your help. There’s nothing you can do. You feel completely helpless. You wish you can do more, but they go up in smoke right in front of your eyes.
It’s like contemplating giving your self one too many extra units of insulin. Because, maybe then, all of this would go away. You know you’re stronger than that though. However, you’re sick of being strong, sick of being told you’re strong. But, like before, you won’t let diabetes win. So you give yourself the proper amount
It’s like being isolated. No one truly understands where you are coming from. They try to empathize but they’ll never actually get it. You’re constantly the butt of everyone’s jokes. They mock you, tease you, and you feel completely and totally alone. So you shut down, shut everyone out, even if they want to help.
Diabetes feels like you can never win. You can try your damn hardest, but you’ll always lose.
Yes you, over there! What do you know about diabetes?
No, it’s not being fat, and it’s actually more complicated than not eating sugar.
Well, since it seems most people don’t know that much about it, for World Diabetes Day, we’re gonna do a quick crash course.
There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 (formerly known as ‘Juvenile Diabetes’) and Type 2.
Type 2 is the more commonly known type. This can come about from flooding your body with more sugar than it can process. While many type 2 diabetics do have larger body types, they are not the only ones. Even if you are burning off the calories that you eat, your body still has to process the sugar you feed it, and while it you can’t get diabetes by eating healthy foods, nearly everything has sugar in it- bread, sauces, and even fruits and veggies all have sugar.
Type 1 is by far the lesser known of the two, for all that it is fairly common. No one knows exactly what contributes to Type 1, though there are many factors that are suspected to have a hand in it. Type 1 Diabetes is an irreversible autoimmune disease where your body’s immune system recognizes your body’s beta cells as foreign entities and destroys them. Beta cells are found in the pancreas and are responsible for producing insulin to break down sugar.
As of yet, there are no proven cures for Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetics sometimes can technically ignore their Diabetes without fatal consequences. However, this can lead to serious health issues, including loss of nerve function in the feet (hence all those commercials you see on tv), irritability, and general unhealthiness. Type 1 Diabetics cannot.
Living with Diabetes is manageable, but some days it can be tough. Some of the realities kinda suck. To list a few:
- giving yourself a shot every time you eat or else wearing a pump
- managing your numbers every day
- screwing up your numbers can mean anything from feeling dizzy to death depending on the situation
- needing to carry insulin and a kit everywhere
- needing to know the nutritional facts of everything you eat, or at least be able to make an accurate guess
So, in order to help your friends with Diabetes, here are some things you can do to help them out (A/N: many of these are geared more towards Type 1):
- do not tell them that they cannot eat sugar. Especially if they are full grown. They know their bodies and their limits, and it is insulting to insinuate otherwise. (Besides which, this is inherently untrue, otherwise they would all die as everything has sugar of some kind. Diabetics just need to dose themselves with insulin to eat it.)
- do not harass them about their kits. Yes, it looks like they are taking drugs. Yes, they’ve heard that joke about a million times. No, it is not funny or okay to inform teachers that they are taking drugs. That is discrimination and bullying, and nobody needs that.
- if somebody close to you has Diabetes, ask them to teach you how and when to use their glucagon pen just in case. Also, keep hard candies, juice boxes, or other fast-release sugar sources on hand.
- give them the recipes of the food you make them. This will make their lives so much easier. Homemade food is nearly impossible to measure accurately, especially without at least an ingredients list.
- provide protein (i.e. cheese, beef) with meals, as it is one of the few things Diabetics can eat without dosing (though, if it’s drowned in sauce, this is no longer true)
- give them prep time if you want to plan trips. Lantus (long term insulin used for sleeping) needs a fridge. Insulin kits and snacks must be packed.
- do not pull on their pumps. Pumps are attached to the body like IVs- under the skin. This hurts.
- be generally accepting of their dietary needs and do not get frustrated when accommodating them. Remember, this is their life every day, a bit of inconvenience for their sake can go a long way.
- do not call them fat, or shame them for their Diabetes.
- DO NOT provide people who ask for diet soda with regular soda. This is not a joke. I don’t care how you feel about dieting, Diabetes is often not a visible thing, and while diet soda is okay to drink without dosing, regular soda will throw your numbers out of whack in a dangerous way.
I’ve been type 1 diabetic for 17 years. Type 1 diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes) only effects 5% of all diabetics. Most people only know about the 95%, type 2 diabetes (also called adult onset diabetes). Doctors to this day still don’t know what causes type 1.
Basically, it’s just a huge pain in the butt. But I’m so thankful for all the advances in medicine that have been made toward making this incredibly annoying disease a little more manageable.
We’ve created a Kitten Space Tag that every Kitten can do, regardless of if they have a master or not. (Most tags out there ask questions about a Kitten’s owner/master and not every Kitten has one, so that’s why.) And we’re tagging all of our Kitten Followers to give it a try! The idea is you answer one question a day, but if you feel like answering all of them at once, feel free to do that! You can also use these questions as a base for a Q&A video.
Day 1 - Describe the type of Kitten you are
Day 2 - List your Favourite Petnames
Day 3 - What gets you into Kitten Space?
Day 4 - Favourite Kitten Space Activitiy
Day 5 - A Picture of your Favourite Collar
Day 6 - Favourite Kitten Space Snack
Day 7 - How long have you been a Kitten?
Day 8 - What got you into Kitten Play?
Day 9 - Do you wear your gear in public?
Day 10 - A Picture of your Favourite Toy/Plushy
Day 11 - Do you like to take on any other Parts? (ex. Little, Puppy, Bunny, etc.)
Day 12 - What’s the best thing about being a Kitten?
Day 13 - What can other People do to get you into Kitten Space?
Day 14 - A Picture of your first Gear
Day 15 - Cuddles or Kisses?
Day 16 - Lace or Leather?
Day 17 - Obedient or Rebel?
Day 18 - Buckled Collar or Ribbon-Ties?
Day 19 - Fluffy Tail or Thin Tail?
Day 20 - Playtime or Naptime?
Day 21 - Favourite Kitten Space Drink
Day 22 - Ideal Kitten Play Date
Day 23 - Your Advise for a new Kitten
Day 24 - Three Kitten Play related Things on your Bucket List
Day 25 - A Picture of your favourite Kitten Outfit
Day 26 - First Kitten Play Experience
Day 27 - Favourite place to take a Nap
Day 28 - Your Kitten Play Inspiration
Day 29 - Your Kitten Play Aspiration
Day 30 - A message to your fellow Kittens
Will you be doing this tag? Let us know by tagging us in it! And make sure to tag your Kitten Friends, too! Take care, and have fun!
Torturing myself with that pokedex challenge thing again this year…
Favorite ground types! Day 1! I couldn’t leave out some so I picked my top 4 TuT Garchomp gets the gold cuz he my fav, Swampert gets the silver cause 2nd fav~
SUNMOON POKEDDEX DAY 1 - Favourite Ground Type: Mudbray
My annual Pokeddex challenge will be running through January this time! I have made a custom list as usual and I’m aiming to draw mostly Alola Pokemon.
The first slot was difficult because there weren’t so many ground types and Mudsdale will be featured in another slot. So have a Mudbray! I’m aware it’s based on a donkey but in a futile attempt to make the evolution line make sense I decided to draw it as a horse foal instead. This line is so precious. Expect more hype when I do the evolved form!
I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes for twelve years. While this disease is the common denominator in everything I find most challenging about life, it’s also what has provided me with the most beautiful opportunities, has introduced me to thousands of inspiring people, and is the basis of my soul, gratitude, and warmth. All my successes can be traced to a single desire to prove to my own body what it is capable of. Happy World Diabetes Day!