The changes in my life have really come in waves since my diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes a little over 4 years ago. The sad thing is, my life is dictated by what I eat. The foods I eat can make the difference between my brain functioning well in the afternoon, or the undeniable urge to need a nap. The first wave of change in my life was understanding that eating, exercising, and even sleeping were now a process. Each activity required planning, testing of my blood sugar, and dosing with insulin. To have more control over my physical health I have had to become an unofficial nutrition specialist. And having a one-year-old son in my life has put me in a lot of situations where I have to choose between his care and my own.
My greatest hope for people with Type 1 Diabetes in the future is to have access to the latest medical technology regardless of their finances. I have been fortunate to have health insurance that has greatly reduced the cost of devices like an insulin pump, or a continuous glucose monitor. These advances can make it much easier, not only to manage blood glucose levels, but to actually feel physically better on a daily basis. Without insurance, these devices can cost thousands of dollars.
Advancement in Type 1 Diabetes management from medical research allows me to have a fairly normal life in 2013, which is much different than 20 years ago with diabetes management. I get to take ownership of my disease management now. I can decide the level of exercise I want to participate in, choose the foods I eat, and manage my insulin intake accordingly.