Thursday, January 3, 2013

Goodbye 2012. New Resolutions.

Wow. Not going to lie... It has been a LONG time since I have updated my blog.

Here is my brief overview of what went on in 2012:

  • Officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease(more on that later)
  • My amazing niece Hazyn was born.
  • School has been great. Starting my hardest semester ever in just a few days!
  • My parents sold their house in Richfield and built a brand new one in my hometown of Central Valley! I could not be more excited and happy for this. 
  • My sister moved closer to home and so I am able to see Hazyn a lot more. 
  • I have not been in the best control of my diabetes but it is now 2013 and that is soon to be fixed.
  • I got a promotion to Provo Store Supervisor at Diabetes Specialty Center! Best day ever!
  • Diabetes Specialty Center was bought and now a part of Byram Healthcare. 

These are just a few things to get started.

What I hope to accomplish in 2013:
  • An A1C of 7 or lower. (Will be extremely hard)
  • Better control of my diabetes
  • The Gluten Free Lifestyle. Yay me. 
  • Get married
  • Take an actual vacation not in the US
  • Make more money 
  • Get out of debt
Those are some pretty heavy resolutions but I know I can do it... The whole "get married" thing... not to be rushed but hopefully. I'm sick of roommates. Just sayin.

I'm also excited about returning to my blog because I will soon be posting a few vlogs? Video Blogs.... about my life with Celiac and Diabetes. I hope to one day be an inspiration to those who are in the same boat as I am. I just have a little bit of a boost with where I work and such. 

Well, that is all for now but  more to come soon :]

Monday, August 29, 2011

Can't wait for tomorrow!

So tomorrow starts the first day to the rest of my life... SCHOOL! Yes, I am finally going back. It has been a year and a half since I've been in school and I couldn't be more excited.... or nervous.

I've finally chosen a major to pursue. I am going to get my bachelor's in nursing and then I will specialize in diabetes. Surprise? I chose diabetes because in my personal experience with diabetes is I would rather talk to someone that fully comprehends what it is like to have diabetes. I've been to a few Dr's in the past that say the "understand" but how can they? How can anyone understand what it is like in the life of a diabetic? Personally I think it is funny when people try to tell me that they understand.

I say I'm excited now for school but trust me, I won't be saying that for long. Give it a week and I will be complaining. If not the first day of homework haha.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Today I spoke with a diabetic who also had been diagnosed with Lukemia. I could not even imagine. Diabetes is hard enough alone but to through cancer in the mix.... I couldn't do it. People say that they would rather have one or the other if they had to have it... Diabetes... or Cancer.... (personally I would not want either at all, but that ship has sailed...) but to have both? Talk about scary.

My parents always joke with me that out of all their children, I'm the only one that could handle diabetes.. That is so TRUE! Haha I'm only joking. I'm glad it was me and here are my reasons why....Zach and Jake eat everything and anything ALL THE TIME!. There's no way they could have diabetes cause they'd be taking shots every 2 minutes.... Literally. My second reason, Brittney nearly passes out everytime I test my blood sugar...(Okay that's a little exaggerated but still semi true). My third and final reason is that I would never ever wish this on them. I love my family so much and this is something I would never want them to go through. They are my support system even though they don't know it.

This was a random tangent I know but I just had to get it out there :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Busy, busy, busy!

Sorry I haven't been posting at all over the last few months. I've been super busy! Here is a little of what is going on in my life... I finally moved out of my parents house! YAY! I am living in Provo, Utah where I can finish my nursing and finally be able to help all of those people with diabetes! My roommate Shawna is awesome and my second roommate just moved in a few days ago and so far so good :)

Shawna is quickly learning the dynamics of diabetes. I feel bad each time my levels are low because I am so onry. No joke. I am really mean and she will just sit and take it. I hope Cinnamon will be as understanding because I know if I was in their positions I wouldn't be.

So one of the major perks of moving up here is I get to go back to the office. I am still employed at Diabetes Specialty Center and I am still loving every second of it... Even if I complain about it all the time... I love that I have to get up early for work and that I actually get to wear my cute clothing again! I forgot about alot of things in my closet due to the fact my daily wardrobe consisted a T-shirt and sweats, and the occasional pair of jeans, each and every day.

All my friends ask me if being surrounded by diabetes all day every day is hard. My answer is yes. Diabetes isn't something that is easy or easily forgotten. If I didn't work for DSC I would still be constantly surrounded by diabetes. It doesn't go away just because I have to work or go to school. (that would be awesome tho!) I figure since I have this disease then I might as well help others that have it as well. What kind of selfish person would I be if I hid who I really was with the world. I will say this tho... I have diabetes. Diabetes DOES NOT have me. I hope every diabetic feels the same way....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

6 Years...

6 Years ago today I was diagnosed with Diabetes. It was quite possibly the scariest day of my life. I was 14 and I didn't quite know what was going on. All I knew is I did not feel good and that I was going to be in the hospital for a while. Sevier Valley Medical Center didn't quite know how to handle a case as bad as mine. My blood sugar was just over 900 and it was a miracle that I was fully coherent and that I walked myself into the ER. They told me that they had seen people with diabetes in a coma or dead even at 400 so that didn't do to well to calm my nerves. I then spent the night in the ICU.The next day I was taken to Primary Childrens Hospital where I had intense training on the disease that I now had. It wasn't fun.

It has been 6 years but it honestly doesn't feel like it has been that long. Time has gone by so fast. The first few years were very difficult but with all the new technology and thanks to my new Diabetes Endocrynologist, I have a new outlook on the disease I will have for the rest of my life. Things will continue to get easier and I have no doubt that scientists are well on their way to finding the cure and saving millions who share this burden. I will continue to take care of myself so that I will be able to live a long and healthy life.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Politically Correct.

Did you know that calling a person with Diabetes is actually Politically incorrect? I thought it was funny when I first heard the argument but after having it explained makes sense to me. I'm not one to be offended by the term but there are many who find it offensive.

So one day at work, my co-worker called me a diabetic, which I am, in front of another co-worker who also has diabetes. They got so upset and wondered why I wasn't mad. She explained that it is politically incorrect to call persons with diabetes a "diabetic", she asked me if I would ever consider calling a person with cancer a "canceretic". I said no because that sounds rediculous which makes me see her point when she is called a diabetic. Again, I'm not offended when called a diabetic, but I want you all to think about it next time you go to use that term. Some will get angry and some will hopefully brush it off. Just make sure you call them a "person with diabetes"

My life as a Diabetic so far....

This week is a hard one for me to deal with. On March 17, 2005, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It was a day I will never forget.

At first, I thought I was going to be okay with the disease I would have for the rest of my life, but I was wrong. Those first few months were hard and I felt like I was an outsider. People treated me different. My family, my friends, everyone. I felt broken, fragile. It was hard to look at everyone around me and not think, Why me? Why do I have to deal with this and no one else? What did I do to deserve this?

Highschool and dating with Diabetes was not fun. I either got the guys who were freaked out if my levels were too high or too low, or I got the jerks that would flat out tell me there was no way they would take me out again because they didn't want to risk getting diabetes themselves. Yeah those were some fun times... As for highschool... lets just say Richfield High School wasn't the most accomodating. I had a teacher rip out my insulin pump because he thought it was an Mp3 player, which by the way left me with a scar on my stomach.

You would think that having Diabetes was bad enough but no, because my immune system sucks now I some how developed Celiac Disease and a hypoThyroid situation. Perfect right? Well technically it is still under debate if I do have it or not. My blood tests say yes, but every other test says no. So.... that being said, I don't participate in a Celiac diet consisting of absolutely no Gluten.

After a few years dealing with Diabetes... It was more like rebelling from Diabetes... I decided it was time to accept that I do have it and that what I am doing to my body was not okay. I got a new Dr. because the one I had I absolutely loathed. I would hide the reminders that came in the mail and deleted every phone message just so I wouldn't have to see that man.  (There is a big difference between pediatric endocrynology and adult endocrynology)

After looking around and trying a few different endo's, I finally found a Dr. that doesn't scare me. He actually has diabetes and Celiac so he know's exactly what I deal with everyday. (there's nothing worse than having a doctor who "thinks" they know what it is like but who doesn't have the disease at all. Brett has helped me so much in the last 6 months than any Dr. I've ever had. I know he cares about me and talking to him is like talking to an older brother.

Well folks, there is bits and pieces of my life with diabetes. Stay tuned for more posts about what it is like to live with this disease everyday.