On the 5th Day of Diabadass

On the 5th Day of Diabadass

Meet Jaime!

I’m Jaime! I live in Minnesota with my daughter and my mom -- soon, I’ll be living with my husband and his daughter. We’re engaged!

I was originally diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but kept struggling with my numbers even though I had lost a significant amount of weight. My general practitioner kept insisting that I wait another three months and that my numbers would eventually come down, but I finally got frustrated enough and went to an endocrinologist.

A week later, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and started short acting insulin approximately 6 months ago. I am proud to say that my A1C is the lowest it has ever been at 6.2%! My goal is to have it under 6%. It's a work in progress.

My Diabetes Community

Besides being a diabadass, I work in retail, doing retail loss prevention. In my free time, I hang out with my daughter, who just turned 13.

I’ve also recently found a passion for advocating with Insulin4All here in Minnesota. I spend a lot of time posting on Facebook about diabetes awareness and education, and I’ve been able to help people get the insulin they need when they’re facing an emergency situation.

I love being able to help other people living type 1 diabetes get what they need. I've made so many amazing friendships in the diabetic community and have learned so much from all of them.

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These people have not only been shoulders to lean on, but they have given me advice that has saved my life more times than I can count. One of my friends talked me through keeping my body from going into DKA when I was super sick so that I didn't end up in the hospital.

These fellow type 1 diabetes connections are every part of my diabetes journey.

I felt so alone when I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It didn’t occur to me that there were other resources out there -- like Facebook groups, books, and local people with type 1 diabetes -- so I never looked for them!

I actually found the diabetes community when I was searching for information on a support group. I landed on the JDRF page and learned all about JDRF!

I want to find a way to let all T1Ds know there are resources for them and that they are not alone! I want to find a way to help lessen their learning curve so they can get a better handle on their diabetes as quickly as possible.

If I had a bucket list, this would be on it. Putting together a resource for other, newly-diagnosed people with type 1 diabetes that my endocrinologist could pass out. That, and going to Bali. ;)

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What Diabetes Means to Me

Having diabetes has changed my life in so many ways. I think being diagnosed later in life has made it harder, but also easier.

It's easier because I am directly in charge of my own health; harder because I have very fresh memories of what life was like before diabetes.

I've spent a lot of time learning about food and nutrition since my diagnosis. It's become a hobby and passion! Through my diabetes, I’ve learned how to take care of my body. My diabetes has taught me when I need to slow down and take better care of myself.

Diabetes has also taught me that there isn't much in life that's as serious as I thought it was. Life is really lots of fun and the rough things are just...stuff or things. They pass quickly and life gets back to normal again!

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It’s kind of like diabetes itself: part of me wishes the daily injections, the finger sticks, the extreme exhaustion, and pain in my body would go away. But at the same time, I feel that diabetes has made me a totally different person than I was before.

I'm stronger. I'm more outspoken. I'm more willing to advocate and reach out to those in need. Would I undo my diabetes? Probably not.

It’s a bit like my favorite quote:

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

It reminds me that if there is something I view as wrong, I can fix it. I have the power, I don't have to wait for someone else to come along and do it.

It’s the same with my diabetes: I hold the power.

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Mary Elizabeth Adams
Dec 15, 2019

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