Something I have been wanting to share.. Hiiiii let me introduce a part of me to you that I haven’t before - I'm Michelle, I am a 22 years old and am a Type 1 Diabetic.
In 2008 I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. I had been sick, losing weight, missing school and just not feeling well at all.. and for the average 11 year old this was not something that was normal. Through testing my family & I discovered that I was a Type 1 Diabetic. It meant that a lot was going to change in my life & my family’s.
Now what in the heck does all of this even mean?! Well, *in a nutshell*, Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is the result of your immune system basically “attacking” your pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that supplies insulin, a hormone, to your body which helps control your blood sugar in your body, your energy, etc.. as a Type 1 Diabetic your pancreas no longer can function which leads to no insulin being produced on your own anymore.
I could go on forever talking about the hardships that this disease has brought me. The long, restless nights, sick days, and everything in between.. but I want to fast forward to today & share what this disease has brought me. • Responsibility • Awareness to my health
• Education of my health
• Support is key
• I am “different”, but that is OK
• This disease doesn’t hold me back
It has been a long and winding road the last 11 years with this disease. There have plenty of highs & it seems like even more lows on the hard days (if you get my high & low reference let’s be friends, lol) but the fact that I am taking control of my health makes me feel that much stronger and in control. This health & fitness journey I am on is NOT just for looks or my confidence but SO MUCH MORE. It's for my overall health, my diabetic health, to grow stronger & to fight this disease with all I’ve got! I can honestly say that this journey has helped me grow & understand myself more as a diabetic. Excited to share more of this side of me and this crazy health journey with you all that I face each & every day.
So take this from me... Type 1 Diabetes does not define me, it just makes me a little more me 🌟