This week I celebrated my 5 year Diaversary. I can’t believe it has already been five years. I’d like to ask where did the time go, but I know exactly where it went.:
- 1 visit to the ER.
- Over 9125 finger pokes.
- Over 10,950 insulin injections/inhalations.
- Hundreds of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (my quick sugar of choice when treating a low BS)
- 2 Research Studies.
- Over 20 blood draws and endo appointments.
- 5 glucose meters
- 3 generations of Dexom Continuous Glucose monitors.
- 7 different insulins.
- Over 350 followers on Instagram @cutthebsgirl.
- Over 400 Likes on the Cut the BS Facebook Page.
- Over 45 blog posts with over 2300 visits to the Cut The BS Blog.
- 1 5K run completed…slowly but complete!
- 4 JDRF OneWalks walked and one more on the way!
- Almost 50 walkers recruited.
- $16,699.30 raised for T1D research from hundreds of donors!
- 3 cruises.
- 5 Wedding Anniversary Trips.
- 10 Indycar races
- 1 Diabetes unConference.
- 1 radio show.
- A community of my peeps.
- Countless laughter.
- Immense love.
- So much pride.
I say “celebrate” because the last five years have truly been a gift. Every single day has been a gift. It’s been a gift to me. It’s been a gift to my family. I hope it has been a gift to anyone my life and efforts have touched.
I’m so grateful to those before me that relentlessly raised funds and conducted research so that I can have these five years. I’m so thankful that they didn’t give up on finding insulin. It has been an absolute honor to benefit from better treatments and I am extremely hopeful for a cure. I have to be.
I’m so stinkin excited for what the next 5 years have in store!
Cut the BS y’all! Much love.
spending time with one of my best girlfriends from home.
There are a lot of things I love about my friend, Jess. But here are a few I can think of in a few minutes:
- She’s fun to be around.
- She always has a smile on her face.
- She sends me Petra Mahalimuyak bidjos. “Pold, pold, put it away!”
- I’ve never felt as if she’s ever judged me despite my faults.
- She looks great in periwinkle, pink, and purple, not all at the same time though-that’s just too much.
- We can be lookin’ hott and sexy one minute and then be completely goofy and silly the next.
- She has really delved into her Carribean Queenie roots by participating in Carnival events around the world…well really around the U.S. and Carribean. I love the outfits and I’m gonna join you one day!
- She understands how much it meant to me to make it into the Varsity Pep Squad. (Yes, I was in the Pep Squad.)
- She has such a great heart for others…especially a visitor of the feline persuasion. I don’t know how you do it.
- She likes Skyflakes.
I love you and I miss you already, Blanche…Samantha…my beloved Jess.
Thank you for being a friend.
Today marks a month since I came home from the hospital. The week I spent there took its toll on my physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
When I got home from the hospital:
I could not get up the stairs without my legs cramping up.
A lap around the couch was my workout.
I couldn’t get anything for myself and had to rely on my family to even get me water.
I was taking between 24 and 39 units of my fast-acting insulin and 25 units of my slow-acting insulin a day.
I could not watch television without noticing that every commercial was a commercial for food I was gonna miss.
I just remember feeling frustrated, sad, angry, weak, and lost.
Then I remember thinking to myself my first week home:
“Well, this didn’t kill me, so I must be getting stronger.”
That’s it. Its time to stop feeIng sorry for myself. It’s time to start making myself stronger. I knew I was still recovering from gallbladder removal surgery so I knew my limitations. I began to challenge myself by adding more laps around the couch. Then I pushed myself to go up and down the stairs a second and a third time. I began to take walks around my block. Read up on diabetic eating and the reasons for my dietary needs.
Now that it’s been a month, I can celebrate the following:
I made my goal of getting up and down the stairs 54 times in one day. (once for each card in a deck of cards-including the jokers-and yes, I physically brought a card upstairs each time.)
I can walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes at a time at an incline.
I’ve taken up carrying a pedometer. I haven’t been able to do 10,000 steps in a day yet but I’m working on it.
I now take about 12 to 15 units of fast-acting insulin a day and only 10 units of slow acting insulin a day. Writing this just made me realize that my doses have been cut by more than half!
I’ve gotten back to making the meals for my family, something I take great pride in.
I started this blog in the hopes of helping others as well as myself.
The blog has a section in which I will try to continue to be thankful daily.
I’m very hopeful and happy to be living with diabetes instead of feeling as though I’m dying of it.
I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this last month and I now celebrate every day.
Don’t forget to “cut the B.S.!”
having a place to express myself.