Type 1 Diabetes, Wellbeing

A Day Of Diabetes Errors – And How To Bounce Back Pt II

January 30, 2015
Life Is Good Mat

Hola! What’s this? Two posts in one week? Well, I did promise.

So we had a little chat about my somewhat taxing type 1 day earlier this week, where this fair condition occupied more of my brain power than is desirable. I fixed lows, corrected for highs, and again, and again. Twas wholly fun.
BUT the point of these posts is not to wallow in the tiresome and endless navigation of blood sugar control (sigh) but to stop, reassess, and realize that we’re actually doing a damn good job despite the midnight 2.2s and the late night 16.7s.

So as promised, some tips that help me bounce back from the days when type 1 is a big, ugly, attention-seeking pain in the arse.

Disclaimer: these are absolutely not instructions; I am not telling you how to live your life, nor am I undermining the seriousness of the condition. I am simply offering you some ways of thinking that have steadily but surely really helped my attitude to my type 1 and thus, subtly and quite subconsciously, my control as a result. This in turn has enhanced my life. ✌️

1. Try to keep the bigger picture in mind.

We make MILLIONS of decisions over a lifetime, most of them without a second of conscious thought. Waking up and testing. Testing again, and again, each and every day. Guestimating carbs, remembering repeat prescriptions, explaining the robot sticking out of your leg to someone new. You are GOOD at this, you just don’t give yourself credit for the decisions you’re rocking every minute of every day. One less than ideal day is not going to make difference.

It helps to realign your perception of failure. By all accounts that day was a ‘failure’ because I hit 18, and then 3, and then again, which equates to rather sad bad blood sugars which makes me a terrible diabetic. But I see it as a success (in parts!) because I navigated each tribulation as best I could, lived to tell the tale and had an otherwise glorious day in which I had a good workout, learnt some new things, got to hang out with my best friend and eat guacamole. An avocado day is a SUCCESS my friends. It’s all about the value you place on it, and that, ultimately, is a choice.

Donut Quote

2. Exercise with type 1 takes practice, and it isn’t about the weight!

I get a lot of emails saying ‘I can’t exercise because I’ll obviously go hypo and then I’ll have to eat and so there’s no point even exercising in the first place’. That is not going to help you in any way whatsoever. When I first started training for my Big Challenge (aka cycling to Paris and running a half marathon), I was hypoing all over the shop because I just wasn’t yet aware of how my body would respond to different types of exercise, and how THAT varied at different times of day, after different foods. Just like anything else, this takes practice. Your body is a very unique tool that you need to tune into to understand it better. And you’ve got to work WITH it, not against it… which leads me onto the point that EXERCISE IS NOT JUST ABOUT WEIGHT.

Exercise for diabetes management, or for being a rational human being is absolutely kickass, and weight control is the teeniest tiniest part of this. Exercise for me is an ongoing habit that makes me feel incredible, sorts my head out, makes my body work in the way it’s supposed to and over time it helps keep my blood sugars down, and my insulin requirements slightly lower. Sometimes that means four sweat sessions a week, sometimes it’s only twice, sometimes nothing more than a nice Sunday stroll. But it’s always there, and not because ohmygodI’msofatIneedtodobeskinnyrightnow.

I used to think like that, and it just set me up for failure over and over and OVER again. I wobble in places yes, but my body is strong, my cardiovascular fitness is killer and my mind is balanced and healthy. If you move regularly, like properly MOVE, your body will slowly start to change. But it really shouldn’t be your main focus if you’re not going to fall into this ‘all or nothing’ dangerous trap. And if you DO end up hypoing, just like I did the other day? That doesn’t negate any of the above at all.

Ps. Girls, lift weights. They make you feel superhuman.

3. Don’t dwell – move forward.

This comes back to what I was talking about in Pt I about letting it take over your day because you’ve suddenly resigned yourself as useless and thus worthless. We are all entitled to get frustrated of course, but overall your peace with this condition is a choice. Just like your peace with yourself, and the way you think, is a choice. You can easily drown in type 1 – its complexities, its stubborn-mindedness, its ability to turn your wonderful day into a slightly terrifying one when you’re caught hypo without a chocolate bar to hand.

But you can also just crack on and be all the things you are. An artist, a dancer, a hilarious story-teller, a good friend, a traveller, a supreme bagpipe player, whatever you want. Keep pushing, and don’t let a five minute hypo take all the good things from the remaining 23 hours and 55 minutes of your day. Ok, maybe allow yourself a two minute rant. TWO MINUTES. Hypos are shite.

4. Don’t strive for perfection – it’s unattainable.

We’ve spoken above about our perception of failure. But similarly, striving for your perception of perfection is thankless and tiresome and just a waste of your precious life and energy. Whether that be to be a size 8 or to achieve perfect control, all of the time. Don’t do it to yourself. Just don’t; save your poor battered body and mind the abuse, step back and be nice to them for once. Have you ever thought about how amazing your body is – how somehow it copes with this condition every day and keeps you breathing, moving, thinking, tasting, seeing and smelling? How much you’ve achieved despite having this absolute ballache of a condition?

I don’t know how it came to be the norm for us to berate, chastise and reinforce these mean toxic thoughts upon ourselves. It’s also a self-fulfilling prophecy – if you’re mean to yourself, it will hold you back from experiencing life, it will make you a sad person who may pass that anger/bitterness/sadness onto others. It will leave you locked in your room instead of going out and becoming a human with dreams, hopes, ambitions, experiences, memories. WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO BE NICE TO OURSELVES TO LIVE.

What I found was pivotal to developing this further is to find things you LOVE and DO THEM EVERY DAY. Quitting my pants job to start a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism was one of the major triggers that started my journey to self-acceptance (and in turn responsibility for my own condition), because I had a purpose and was pursuing a passion. I was surrounded by people who shared these interests and the possibility of pursuing a career I really wanted gave me a lust for life that I’d lost, and a VALUE that I hadn’t had for a long time. Pay attention to the things you love and nourish your brain with them. This will take the focus away from more negative thoughts and the shit moments like being able to only find dregs of stale, flat, full fat coke at 3am (MY TEETH! THE SUGARGHHHH) won’t seem so devastating, on balance. Annoying, yes. Devastating, no. And do it for YOU – if you’re denying yourself love and approval, you will be constantly seeking it out from others, which takes the value of yourself out of your control.

Awesome Quote

5. Trust the universe… to a point.

I sometimes look at other people and wish I had their career, their fortune, their hair, their pancreas that works. It’s so easy to look at what we don’t have in relation to others – especially our peers. But if I shut these ridiculous thoughts up for a minute, I can see that I have many things in my life that other people can only dream of – it’s just that I’m too busy wishing for someone else’s existence to appreciate it. Wallowing in self-pity and believing that you have a bum deal is going to do nothing but enforce how crap your life is in your own mind. Trust that you are where you should be right now, and that the right things will present themselves when you’re emotionally ready.

But at the same time, get out there. Experience, learn, grow, enjoy, move. It’s not going to come knocking at your bedroom door as you fester under the covers at the mercy of your own thoughts. And the shit stuff in life? Well, yes of course I wish I didn’t have to deal with a disease that requires constant self-management for all eternity. But I can also safely say without doubt I’m a better person for having type 1. It’s taught me so much. And if you can’t see any of that, well… go out and spite it. Despite the bullshit, or the bullies, or the non-working pancreases or whatever it is, go out there anyway. No, I don’t have thousands of pounds in the bank, no I don’t have a working pancreas. But if it came down to it, would I swap what I DO have for those things? My sight? My ability to laugh? My lovely home? My gorgeous, kind, inspiring friends? My healthy family? Not a chance.

This in time, will lead you on the right path, to the right place – potentially one of those places you look at others occupying and wish it was you. And then you’ll REALLY be a superhero, because you’ll have done it while you’re casually contending with a bugger of an autoimmune disease at the same time.

<3

Little favour – if you like this empowerment/positivity stuff can you let me know in the comments below? I don’t really feel I have the authority to speak to it, but I do have the authority of my own experience, and from the emails I get I know a fair few of you struggle with this stuff. Similarly if you think I should shut the hell up, feel free to tell me that too. Nicely. Thanks.

Life Is Good Mat

From my doormat to you.

43 Comments

  • Reply Anon January 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this post, even after 13 years of type 1 diabetes I often still feel like its a daily battle. This post has reminded me that its not all doom and gloom, that actually I am in control, and there are more good days than bad. Many thanks, please keep writing – even with it’s awareness nowadays I feel that the personal day-to-day side of diabetes is forgotten or brushed under the carpet, and so it’s great to hear that someone else’s experiences of diabetes.

    • Reply missjengrieves January 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Hi! Thank you for such a lovely and honest comment. I definitely get the ‘battle’ vibe sometimes, especially when I think I’ve done everything I could. I always get frustrated for a little while before the more rational brain cells kick in! I can only write personal apparently so it will keep on coming! Thanks so much for reading x

  • Reply Helen (@ActuallyBlog) January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Don’t. Stop, that is. You do it very well, and it’s massively useful.

    • Reply missjengrieves January 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Helen! <3

  • Reply Elaine January 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Thank you for your mini-series of wonderfully useful posts – it’s not easy to remember how we succeed, as Type 1s, every day that we stay healthy. It’s not something you often hear from the mouth of medical professionals – most of my encounters with consultants have been framed in a ‘not good enough’ way, where it’s just my endless, exasperating foolishness that stops me from eating this, injecting that and, Bob’s your uncle, perfect blood sugars. It taps deep into memories of school doesn’t it? That feeling that you’ve scored 0 for your Maths homework. Again.

    As far as moving our bodies goes – you’re absolutely right. We’re fools if we don’t. It always surprises me when people say they can’t find time to take any exercise – when they know they’d find time to take a dog for daily walks if they adopted one or had to look after a friend’s one for a while. But they don’t find time to take themselves for a walk.

    I agree with you absolutely about getting on with life and not letting diabetes smother you. It’s harder if diabetes hasn’t arrived alone as a health challenge, but, ultimately, you’re alive until the day you’re dead. It would be a terrible thing to look back over your life and feel that you’d left it un-lived or half-lived. Which doesn’t mean that everyone has to set off to sail around the world single-handed and have deep thoughts, it means squeezing the last drop of juice out of the life that’s yours. Loving your window box full of herbs or loving the Argentinian Pampas. Watching a squirrel eating a hazelnut in the park or watching a lion eating a zebra on safari. It’s all the same.

    I’ve got a question too – in your first post, quite near the end, you had a photo of your blood testing meter or an app (I couldn’t tell which). It showed your blood sugars for your topsy-turvy day and it showed a target range of 3.9 to 11.something. Am I remembering that right? It caught my attention because the higher end of the range is higher than they hand out here in Brighton. Could you elaborate?

    All best wishes
    Elaine

    We’re dealt a hand of cards that includes diabetes. It’s up to us how we play our hand.

    • Reply missjengrieves January 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Oh Elaine I just love this comment! I’m of such a similar mindset for sure. It’s nice to take stock of it sometimes, and I’m happy I’ve put it all down so I can remind myself when I inevitably have a frustrating moment! I like to attract the mishaps, keeps it interesting 😉 but yes, diabetes is a huge part of my life but it isn’t my life and it definitely doesn’t determine my life. I’m going to take ‘squeezing the last drop of juice out of the life that’s yours’ if that’s ok?! :) what a lovely thought!
      I appreciate that professionals are trying to help us, but the approach has varied wildly with the different care I’ve been under over the years. I think there’s a lot in self-education because it’s so empowering, then the finger-wagging isn’t so awful!
      The target range on the pump meter is a range me and my DSN manually set when I first started on pump before Christmas. I always try to aim lower than that, it was just that we didn’t want to put too much pressure on while I was adjusting. But it could do with being lowered really as I don’t really like to be higher than around 8.5/9. Does that make sense though?
      Thanks again for such a helpful comment, hope you’re having a great weekend xx

  • Reply Chris King January 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    another great blog, thank you

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Hey Chris, thanks for reading! Hope you are well?

  • Reply Mairead January 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Great read! Bigger picture is so important!

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks lovely! Especially when you have bigger things like a wedding to worry about hey :) eeeep! xx

  • Reply F January 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Love it. Less than a year in, so can take lots more of this.

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Ah thank you, thanks so much for reading! How are you finding things? Up and down (literally)? Hopefully it’s going ok; it’s such an ongoing learning curve, but there’s so much support out here on blogs and Twitter, hopefully you’re finding them a some help at least :) don’t go through it alone x

  • Reply Mathew Edwards January 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Well Jen, what can I say to Part II of your postulation about Type 1 castigation?
    Having just rectified a 2.4mmol/l only an hour and a half after supper with some delicious Pastilles des fruites and a possible overdose with an additional wholemeal peanut butter sarnditch I find myself re-reading your post because the first time round my brain was trying to tell me something was wrong with the amount of glucose it had at its disposal. I can certainly say that since ‘finding you’ online about 18 months ago I have definitely felt more at peace with the tribulations of glucose control. I am definitely in the ‘Like this…’ camp; so much so that I dusted off my bagpipes for auld lang syne! Let’s all us sufferers do our best to rise above it.
    Thanks.
    PipPip

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Hey Mathew,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and continuing to stop by! It’s so very appreciated. I’m glad there are others that overcorrect on the hypos, I’m SO bad for it (and the peanut butter/bread combo is just so gooood). I guess it’s just learning from the times we get it wrong as much as possible, but not dwelling on it a second more than is necessary. This is a very frustrating condition by its nature! (And they say I’m an inpatient soul…) Hope those bagpipes are working out for you! :)

  • Reply Mathew Edwards January 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    What gets me more riled these days is a typo in the last line of a comment on a blog – and they say life’s too short!

  • Reply alex January 31, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Well said, Jen! Spreading a positive message is really important. We’d all be incredibly lucky to get through life without facing adversity, and for some of us diabetes is part of that adversity. If we can approach it with a positive attitude that will ultimately allow us to feel happy and proud of ourselves. It’s not about “beating” diabetes but about learning to live with it. We can’t always have perfect control but if we try to learn about our relationship with type one a little bit more every day, rather than cursing when things go wrong, then ultimately we’ll be in a better place.

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Hello Alex! Nice to hear from you; how are you getting on at mastering this here condition? I’m still trying… :)
      I completely agree with your sentiment, my type 1 is a big part of my whole but it’s not my whole life, rather it’s just something we have to navigate while living life! Perfect control will remain out of my grasp I believe, but that’s ok – as you say we learn everyday from the process. I hope you’re feeling the positivity too!

  • Reply Beth Edwards January 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Oh Jen, you’ve done it again; another fantastic blog that is deeply personal yet threaded with a light-hearted levity that never fails to make me laugh. I really agree with all of your comments but the constant driving for perfectionism is something that especially resonates. The idea of a perfect number or the perfect control is something I am trying to slowly (but surely) unlearn and your blog serves as another good motivator! The next time I hit a hypo that stops me in my tracks, I’m going to re-read this post. Thanks again, the writing is wonderful.

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Beth! So lovely of you to comment after such a lovely email (which I am replying to this week, sorry it always takes me a little while!) it really made me smile. Thanks so much for saying hello – I agree it’s so hard not to strive for ‘perfect’ especially when we are driven by something as black and white as numbers. Although this completely contradicts the nature of such an emotional and unformulated condition! So hey, perspective is the only thing that will keep me sane! I definitely believe in doing the best you can for your body and mind, but at the same time that doesn’t equate to perfection. I think it’s about making peace with where you can get to without living under a rock all your life! It felt nice to write it all down; I too will be coming back to re-read tho no doubt when I’m inevitably being too hard on myself. Speak soon xx

  • Reply Maria M January 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I love your blog and thoughts. We have a lot in common! I’m dying to try out the frittata egg baked thingies – I actually bought the appropriate pan yesterday :)

    • Reply missjengrieves February 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Maria! Ohhhhh did you make them? I just made a batch for the next couple of days; new herbs and more veg nommmmm. Thank you so much for reading my blog, I just stopped by yours will check it out more; completely agreed with the disasters of health insurance, and injection bruises were a nightmare before I switched to pump. Have you thought about it any more? Take care x

  • Reply Nadia February 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I LOVE THIS POST!!

    Absolutely do more of this stuff please; you’re brill at it – and it reminds us that we’re brill too. That’s a win win surely!

    So SO happy to have ‘met’ you so early into my journey on the t1 fun bus… you’re firkin’ awesome and we all need bursts of awsomeness at times. Hope to be able to return the gesture one day :-)

    x <3 x

    • Reply missjengrieves February 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Hey Nadia,

      Ahhh thank you so much, yay for all the mutual love! You know I’m flying the flag for your positivity too :) and OF COURSE – I find your posts so useful! I think we have a very similar outlook and ways of managing the t1 thing. Thanks for being so kind lady xxx

  • Reply Sylvia February 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Your stories reflex my own so closely that it is such a comfort to know that it’s not ‘just me’. I am currently training for a half marathon and finding it very hard to find the balance in between my hypos, carb comas and exercise. I am always beating myself up over the continual battle of my brain telling me ‘step away from the cake!’ and my heart saying ‘just eat it!’
    I shall start to say to myself, today was a success, I ran, I ate and I’m still alive and happy.
    Thank you for your blog :)

    • Reply missjengrieves February 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Hey Sylvia,

      First of all, the fact that you’re juggling all of that at all makes you officially a superhero in my eyes!!! How is the training going? I found it such a steep learning curve – I’d never been fully in tune with my body, but it made me listen for all the right reasons. I’m glad you found the post helpful, good luck with your training – which half marathon is it? x

  • Reply Shelley Garza February 2, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    This is GREAT STUFF!!! I’m better for having read it today! Please keep it up!

    • Reply missjengrieves February 10, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Shelley, that’s so amazing to read you have no idea how much that means! xx

  • Reply Nicola February 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Amazing words Jen definatley keep them coming. You know I am a HUGE fan of this little Internet retreat you have created…so reassuring to know that we’re not alone in these thoughts! I am currently trying to get my hba1c to under 7 which is SOOO all consuming and feels like it is taking over my tiny brain, every minute of every day I just wonder what level my blood sugar is!! Good to take a step back and remember things could be a lot worse and to give yourself a break! You have brightened up my Sunday for sure you, really are an inspiration to everyone with up this crazy thing. Are you happy with your pump move? I am still yet to be persuaded (wireless not an option at my hospital) x

    • Reply missjengrieves February 10, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Hey Nic!!

      Ahhhh you’re such a doll, thank you! It’s so hard isn’t it, and I know I totally get consumed sometimes with what I’m NOT doing right, forgetting the 23949945 things that there are to think about along the way that I AM doing just to stay alive! So nice of you to read and comment lady :)
      Pump is good! Actually just filmed a little update today so that will be live soon. Navigated it through moving house and Christmas, been a lot more stable with it since January, it’s so weird how quickly I’ve forgotten about ever injecting! I do really like it, don’t feel conscious at all which is great. Fingers crossed for more wireless pumps. Hope you’re all good! xxx

  • Reply costanza February 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Well this an amazing post. And yes of course it’s important to be positive, put things in perspective, but….sometimes I wouldn’t mind giving up other things that I have for a working pancreas even just for a year or so until I graduate from uni because student life would be much easier.

    Thanks for posting positive messages though!

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Hey,
      Oh of course! If I could swap out for a working pancreas there’s no way I wouldn’t take it! But knowing that’s unlikely to happen, I know that it’s made me such a different and better person to have these challenges. I found uni the hardest part, I got so much better after I graduated. Uni isn’t like real life, that’s not what I found at least. But it does help to give yourself a break. I found that the more I was hard on myself the worse my control was. Not everyone goes through this, I just feel like I’ve come a long way with my outlook to my type 1. I hope you’re getting there with the studies!! Take care xx

  • Reply ailsa February 10, 2015 at 10:59 am

    really good to hear someone say this kinda stuff, was diagnoses 9 months ago and have been obsessing over perfect control and losing the weight i have put on… its defo not the same when the nurses tell you this! Still getting my head around all the exercise stuff obvs you could go high or you could hypo goodness know how you are supposed to tell which! thanks for the good read and helpful tips!

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Hey Alisa, thanks for reading my blog! How are you finding it? You seem to have a great grasp for 9 months; i still don’t know it all after 18 years! Perfect control is definitely not the thing to obsess over, but i think if you’re kind to yourself and give yourself a good go at this thing, your body will be so appreciative for the most part. It’s SUCH a difficult disease because it changes everyday, and I think we forget this a lot as type 1s, and forget how much we go through every day just to keep ourselves alive. I have found exercise one of my best assets but it took a lot of learning curves to understand how my body responds to different types/lengths/intensities of exercise! I find it’s worth it though, personally.
      I hope you’re finding everything ok, there are lots of blogs and people out there to talk to. Thank you so much again for reading and commenting it means a lot! Take care xx

  • Reply Hannah Cross February 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    This is such a refreshing read! I was diagnosed with Type 1 during my second year of university (I certainly wasn’t going to let it interfere with my very ‘stressful’

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Hey hannah! Thanks for reading and commenting. Only seems to have published half of your comment, but definitely being diagnosed at uni sounds seriously stressful! It was definitely my hardest time with my type 1 but it has 10000% got easier the more I’ve been kinder on myself and not been so mean to myself! Hopefully that’s not you, but in any case I think it’s very easy for us all to get bogged down (I know I do) and rightly so because it’s so so complex to manage day in and day out. I hope you’re doing good, thanks so much for stopping by xx

  • Reply Marie February 10, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Your post is inspiring and it’s nice to know I am not the only one feeling down or having episodes of wishing you didn’t have diabetes, even after 15years. I know many people feel the same but it’s nice to see someone was written down exactly how many of us are feeling. What you have said has made me think about what I’ve achieved and I will go to bed with a smile on my face today, thank you and keep up the good work :)

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Hey Marie! Ah thank you so much, that’s such a lovely comment. I am the worst for being hard on myself and it is easy to forget how many little decisions we just make day in and day out. It’s a funny one because i definitely think there are of course worse conditions and I don’t have a bad life at all (quite the opposite) but it takes SO much self-management, every single day. We achieve so much every day! Thanks so much for reading and commenting xx

  • Reply Margaret Mclaren February 10, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve just found your posts and they are great. They make me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Remembering the positive in the middle of trying to make so many decisions can be difficult. I know in my head that perfection isn’t possible (you’d think after 30+ years of diabetes I’d of learnt that) but it’s good to hear someone else say it. Thanks.

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hey Margaret, ah thank you so much for stopping by, reading and also commenting, it means a lot. It is an emotional condition isn’t it?! There’s just so much to constantly think about, but at the same time it’s very much a day-to-day ‘oh it’s all fine’ condition. I’m 19 years in and I’m still so hard on myself even though I know all this! Hope you’re well, take care xx

  • Reply Emma February 10, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Out of 21 years, 17 of them have been spent dealing with blood tests, injections, hypos and highs. I’ve only just come across your blog but it has given me plenty of smiles! Thank you for reminding me that a few 2.3s or 18.1s doesn’t mean I’m letting myself down or failing to keep my sugar under control. On the whole I do a pretty kick ass job, most of the time. Your blog has really helped me to put things back into perspective and realise that diabetes isn’t the nightmare I’d come to believe it was! Thanks so much. All the very best wishes! Emma

    • Reply missjengrieves March 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Emma, wow, diagnosed so young!! Sounds like you are in fact doing a wonderful job, and as you say it’s so hard to step back and acknowledge that when we are so accountable to the numbers each and every day. I’m glad I’ve helped in some way, that’s awesome!! I just need to follow my own advice and keep being nice to myself :) I hope you are well, I hope you come back to this little space on the internet soon! Take care xxx

  • Reply andrew k October 21, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks a lot for this blog, and specially for this posts. A couple of months ago i end in the hospital and they found i am diabetes tipe 1. Its been hard for me, and since iam going to get married in three weeks it also affect my future wife life. Iam an artist and scares the shit out of me to loose my eyes or to have shaky hands, as you can see iam still learning how to live with this. Thanks again, it means the world to me that you are so open about how it makes you feel. Greetings from Argentina
    Andy K

    • Reply missjengrieves October 30, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Hey Andy,
      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, welcome to the club. It’s definitely got its ups and downs but hopefully you’ll find a way to navigate through and keep living your life as you want to! Those are all really valid concerns, but as long as you work with your diabetes and not against it as much as possible, you should be able to live a full life without the fear of complications. It sounds like you are getting to grips with it quickly. Congratulations on your wedding! Jen x

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