Being a Diabetic

Want to know what sucks? Having diabetes for seven years. Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired. I can’t believe it’s been that long with this horrid, awful disease. Honestly, it could be much worse than I have it right now, like if I had cancer or some other illness. Though there are other things to make my living conditions worse than they are currently, it’s not something I would call easy.

What type do I have? How did I get it? Can it be cured? Does it bring any physical pain?

Those are all common questions I get while talking to other people and classmates about diabetes. I have type 1 diabetes and I caught this rancid disease purely by chance. For what I know, there is no disease and looking it up on Google it says “There is no cure for diabetes, but it can go into remission. People can manage it with medication and lifestyle changes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that develops when the body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.”

Having diabetes is often annoying to me like having to do multiple blood sugar checks a day. Usually, the projected number of blood sugar checks the doctors want me to do a day is up to 5 but because I’m so bad at managing and taking care of it, they want me to do 3 a day. I also have to put in new “sites” which to me means the place my pump attaches to my body to provide insulin. Usually, I keep these sites in for a few days and then take it out and replace it with a new one. Lastly, every time I eat, I have to put in carbs (Carbohydrates-organic compounds occurring in foods and living tissues, including sugars, starch, and cellulose) into the pump along with my blood sugar. There are many more parts about diabetes that make it annoying but it could always be worse.