Justin's Story

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Clean it Out - #DBlogWeek - Day 3

Yesterday we kept stuff in, so today let's clear stuff out.  What is in your diabetic closet that needs to be cleaned out?  This can be an actual physical belonging, or it can be something you're mentally or emotionally hanging on to.  Why are you keeping it and why do you need to get rid of it?  (Thank you Rick of RA Diabetes for this topic suggestion.)

As far as supplies go, I'm pretty organized.  We don't have much closet or cabinet space so I use the plastic drawers.  Not the most decorative but it works.  Originally the supplies were on the counter, then I moved it to a drawer, then a cabinet, and it was all over the place lol. That's when we cleaned out and got the plastic bins.  Now it's all together, besides the insulin that fills up where the butter should go haha!!  

Piles of stuff that had accumulated over 2 years.

Nice and organized ;)

Emotionally, I'm not sure if in hanging on to anything.  I probably am and don't realize it.  I've accepted that he has T1D, and that the possibility of a cure may not be a reality in his life.  Although we walk and fundraise, it may not directly help find a cure.  However there are things that will most likely be available in his life that will make managing it easier.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Diabetes Personified(wildcard) - #DBlogWeek Day 2

Topic for today - I picked a wildcard :-)

If you could personify your diabetes or that of your loved one, what would it be like?  What would it look like, what would it say, what kind of personality would it have?  Use your imagination and feel free to use images, drawings, words, music, etc. to describe it.  (Thank you Reva of Type ONEderful for this topic suggestion.)

Hmmmm.....good question.  I'm gonna ask Justin for some help and see what he says.

Diabetes personality according to Justin:

It would say: "I hate this person & I wanna take over his body" 
It would look like: "a little green germ that has an evil hat on"

It's personality would be: "a poop head evil jerk" LOL!!!!


Monday, May 11, 2015

I Can - #DBlogWeek Day 1

Today's topic: 

In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of "I can...”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren't sure you could?  Or what have you done that you've been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)

Being completely honest, when Justin was diagnosed it felt like our world completely crumbled down.  I wasn't sure what he would be able to do.  One of the very first things his endocrinologist said to us was "He's still your same little boy & he will still be able to do anything he wants."  

He was diagnosed just a few days before Thanksgiving. He missed 1 day of school and he was back when everyone else was.  He resumed scouts without missing any meetings.  I tried hard to not avoid anything because of T1D.  I am proud of everything that Justin does no matter what it is.  After all he has this extra thing to deal with that most kids don't.  At the moment while I'm typing this were at karate class.  Diabetes does not keep him from anything!

I am certain he will be able to do whatever he wants as he grows up!  With role models like Ryan Reed (NASCAR driver with T1D), he knows he can do ANYTHING!! Those that are reading this and not race fans may not really understand just how awesome it is what Ryan Reed is doing, they drove at about 180mph+, it's extremely hot inside the cars, and it takes strength and concentration to keep the car on the track! 

I would have to say the best thing that has happened since diabetes entered his life would have to be the friends we have made.  Friends that help each other out and listen to you vent and completely understand what your talking about.