Monday, July 20, 2015


When I was newly diagnosed and hospitalized with diabetes back in my early 20s, I knew absolutely nothing about the disease that would forever more, be mine. The extent of my knowledge about diabetes was largely based on what I had seen of Julia Roberts' character in Steel Magnolias.  I remember my main thought upon hearing my diagnosis was, "Oh my God!!! I'll never have babies!! And my life won't be long."

Like I said, I didn't know anything. I didn't even know there was a Type 1 and a Type 2 diabetes, and that they were actually totally different diseases.  Apparently, the nurses in the hospital weren't real clear on the facts of diabetes either.  I remember one nurse in particular saying to me, "Well, you don't look like you have diabetes! Maybe you just ate a little too much birthday cake."  I turned to my husband (who had recently had a birthday, and yes, I had been eating way too much of his cake because I was just starving-- and so thirsty!) and said, "Oh my God- Maybe she's right.  Maybe this isn't diabetes but just some weird reaction to something I've eaten.  This doctor is probably crazy."

No one in my family had ever had diabetes. I didn't really know anyone with diabetes.  And isn't Juvenile Diabetes something you get when you're a juvenile?  I was an adult in my 20s!

This was 20 years ago, and now 20 years later, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion to the general public about my type of diabetes... Type 1. 

So, before we go any further along on this blog, please watch this excellent- and funny- video about the misconceptions about T1 Diabetes!


  1. Trixi!!! Thank you so much for saying so.

  2. That was awesome!! Thank you for the intro. Your story sounds so much like mine that I am excited to have a look at your blog.

    1. thanks denise! ;) so glad you find my blog.