Why do you log your data?
I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 years ago, when I was 9 years old. Ever since then, doctors have asked me to tell them the numbers/measurements and to keep track of them in order to see how I was doing and so on. For a very long period of time, I was really unmotivated to do stuff and this led to a whole lot of complications in my health, including my diabetes. I didn’t really care about anything. I stopped doing what I was supposed to do and I couldn’t get out of that state of unmotivation. It wasn’t until I got really sick and ended up in the hospital with early stages of ketoacidosis. During that time in the hospital, I realised all the opportunities and the chances that I had of having a good and healthy life, all of those which I was missing. Most importantly, I finally realised that I wasn’t happy the way that I was living. I came to the conclusion that not caring and having this “embarrassment” over having diabetes wasn’t healthy for me, physically and emotionally, and there was NOTHING and no reason for me to be ashamed.
Why One Drop?
One Drop has definitely helped me keep a better control over everything about my diabetes. I can control my glucose levels in a very thoughtful way. I can see when I’m going off track and how I can fix those mistakes. I also love One Drop because it has a whole community full of people who support one another and try to help one another as well.
I would also like to add one more thing: I legitimately think
Diabetes is hard. It doesn’t have to be.
is one of the greatest quotes I have ever read about having diabetes. And that’s the thing about One Drop that I love… it has absolutely empowered me to keep going, to have better numbers each and every day, to live a better life, and to embrace the things I didn’t like about having diabetes. I feel like if it has empowered me, it can empower so many other people across the globe.
Making and listening to music are some of my favorite things to do. I also like to write whatever comes to mind. If I’m feeling stressed or happy or feeling any particular feeling, I find it very relaxing to just put it on paper. Taking photos is slowly becoming one of my hobbies and has been an activity that I really appreciate doing.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food?
That’s kind of a hard question! I really enjoy small snacks like peanuts and all kinds of nuts. One of my favorite things in this world is cereal. I have always enjoyed eating all kinds of cereal. Unfortunately, over the years I discovered that the combination of milk and cereal really elevated my glucose levels, so now I try to avoid it as much as I can, but every once in a while I just can’t help it!
Weirdest place you’ve checked your blood sugar?
I guess the weirdest place has been at the movies or a concert. Usually these activities take place at night to it’s very important for me to check my blood sugar and inject myself so I can eat something after that. I’ve also checked my glucose levels in the football field after playing a soccer game.
Anything you’ve learned on your diabetes journey that you’d like to share with the world?
After 7 years of experience (and many more to come) I have recognised that patience is an essential key. If you are trying to get immediate results after starting a new diet or having a new scheme of insulin, it’s almost never going to work. You have to be patient and do things the right way, because hard work and effort pays off at the end.
I have also realised that there are SO many people that have gone through the exact same thing/situation and that understand how you’re feeling, if that is feeling sad, angry, disappointed, happy, excited and so on — you are not alone.
Remember that’s it always important to take care of yourself because no one else is going to do that for you, only you can do it.