Hi! My name is Ally. I am a type 1 diabetic of 25 years, but I am also a Golden-Retriever-walker, Shakira karaoke songstress, and friend and family member to many wonderful people, among other things.
Just like anyone else battling a chronic illness, it is a day to day journey. Certain days are great, others are anti-climactic, and some days make me want to scream from the rafters that “Diabetes sucks!!!!!!” We are all in this together, so we might as well support each other on the good and bad days.
In high school I wrote an essay called “Very Light, No Sugar,” the theme of my life with type 1 diabetes. Following my diagnosis just before turning three years old, my parents tried to do what they could to create a diabetes-friendly environment. One simple way of showing support was to cut sugar out of their morning coffee routine.
They emphasized the “very light, no sugar” order at the local coffee shops as a small gesture of solidarity with what I would have to endure over my lifetime with diabetes.
“Lifetime.” On second thought, I do not like that term in connection with this disease. We can and we will conquer diabetes in my lifetime, and in yours. But it is going to take lots of advocacy and awareness. My little piece of the puzzle starts here with this blog.
An avid coffee enthusiast myself, I drink a few cups per day to keep up with the hectic pace of healthcare. When the busy world is hushed each evening, I often find myself perusing the online realm of diabetes blogs and social media posts. The strength of others living with this disease never ceases to humble me to my core.
Thank you for allowing me into your lives through this blog. Remember: Diabetes sucks, but we don’t have to.