Looking for young adult T1D friends


(Audrey) #1

Hi I’m Audrey and I’m 21 years old right now and was diagnosed with type one in my 17th birthday. It’s been quite a struggle for me trying to get used to my lifestyle bc I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and not gain any weight, but now it’s much harder and I just wanna know I’m not a lone or the only one who feels like this. I used to omit my insulin bc I found out it helped me drop weight fast but that was obviously harmful to me so I couldn’t do that but it’s getting depressing.


(Karlyn) #2

Hi, Audrey,

I don’t have T1D myself, but I’ve grown up my whole life watching my dad struggle with it. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to be diagnosed on your 17th birthday! And now your body is changing and it’s like you’re kind of losing your identity, I would imagine? But maybe think of it this way: there are a lot of people who have different disorders that keep them from losing weight, or cause them to gain it. You just have to find what works for your special case. Ive found that I have a lot of food allergies, so I’ve had to go on a restrictive diet, and that’s actually forced me to live an overall healthier lifestyle. I know that’s different, but maybe this is a blessing in disguise. Also, I would highly recommend working closely with a nutritionist and even a holistic doctor. I don’t know if that helps at all, but I support you!


(Chelsea) #3

Hi Audrey!

I was just recently diagnosed about a month ago after going into DKA. I just turned 22 in May, so this has been a huge adjustment! Especially since I lived 21 years without ever having to worry about anything I ate. It has been really hard for me to try and learn to adjust and the constant doctors appointments, and learning to carb count, etc. I am always around if you ever want to talk, or vent!


(Becca) #4

Hey Audrey,
I use to do the same thing, still actually do (I’m working on it though) I’m 19 and have had diabetes since I was 8. Feel free to contact me, you can add me on snapchat @ ayo.becca or find me on instagram @ beccers (with 2 underscores infront and back)


(Dennis J. Dacey, PwD) #5

Hi Audrey @afualaau, I was diagnosed on my 16th birthday and I’m now 77. I think I can see how someone could loose her/his “real personality” because we diabetes is a 24 hour challenge every day, but that need not be. I haven’t always lived this way, plenty of days feeling “why me”, but I’ve taken prospering with diabetes or excelling in life despite diabetes has been my goal. It has worked for me and could work for you - and yes, from time to time you may need to prove your abilities to doubters - that is when you take on the role of “diabetes educator”.

You can, and will do it!