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One Drop Stories

Amy McKinnon

Why do you log your data?

So I can track patterns and see the effect of food and exercise on my blood glucose levels. Easier to manage my diabetes, adjust my insulin dosing and have better overall blood glucose control.

Why One Drop?

The data is so easy to enter and the charts allow you to identify the cause and relationship for each blood glucose level. Has made my management so much easier and fun, especially while traveling around Latin America for 8 months. The app has some very cool features where you can upload photos of what you’re eating, encourage other diabetics when they achieve good results with stickers of support and hashtag your exercise achievements.

Hobbies?

Long distance running, traveling, yoga and self-study on nutrition.

Favorite guilty-pleasure food?

Hot chocolate with cashew milk!

Weirdest place you’ve checked your blood sugar / injected insulin / changed an infusion set … ?

So many places I’ll test and inject/use my pump anywhere! Some places include; on the dance floor in a nightclub I’ve given myself insulin injections – much quicker than waiting in the long bathroom queues, climbing up Mach Picchu in Peru I tested my blood trekking up – I didn’t want a low when I reached the top!

I’ve changed my infusion set mid-flight, when you know the cannula is bent you need to change it ASAP!

Anything you’ve learned on your diabetes journey that you’d like to share with the world?

We can do anything we want even with diabetes. With good control, tight management and a positive attitude we can live our life to the fullest. Don’t let anyone (especially doctors) tell you otherwise.

I ran the NY marathon in November 2015 in 3h 39m and I had many people doubt that I would be able to even complete it. I believed in myself, trained hard and stayed on top of my diabetes management, and I’m looking forward to many more marathons in the future!

Closing remarks?

Diabetes can be an empowering disease. I see that diabetes has changed my life in so many positive ways. I am grateful for my life, I have more empathy towards people and their struggles, I am healthier and more conscious about living an active, health-driven life, I have less fear and I have proven to myself I can do anything I want. Diabetes, although it sucks at times, can bring positive change into our lives.

One Drop Stories showcases how members of the One Drop community celebrate the drop each day. Every finger prick is an opportunity to take control of your diabetes and live your life to the fullest. 
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