Per December’s DMSA blog carnival topic, today I’ll be reviewing 2013 as it relates to my diabetes. So in January of 2013 I got serious about my blog and converted my free WordPress.com blog into a WordPress.org blog. It started out with barely any views, but now I average over 10,000 a month. I started out strong, blogging on a scheduled basis, then I met a girl. LOL! A type 1 diabetic actually, and so I didn’t blog for a couple months. The girl didn’t last, but thankfully the blog has.
In June I went to my very first diabetes conference in Chicago. It was the 73rd Annual American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. I went to a #doc dinner party. The coolest thing ever was when the food came to the table and everyone reached for their CGMs all at the same time. It as hilarious. My friends at the Diabetes Hands Foundation were a big help at that conference. I’ll never forget that. I met the leaders of DSMA as well, which was really cool, and met a few of the leading bloggers in the diabetes online community. This happened on the weekend where I was suppose to be in Las Vegas with my Team Beachbody family, but budget prevented that trip, so I’m glad I got to spend it with my diabetes family and still had an awesome weekend.
In September I fired my endo, and at the suggestion of my amazing CDE started seeing a nurse practitioner. Best healthcare decision I’ve ever made. My endo was an idiot. He was basically there to write my prescriptions and that’s it. This NP though knows what she’s doing, and actually troubleshoots my diabetes like an engineer. So I’m really digging that. My A1C has stayed very level all year long, at 8.2. Been trying like a madman to bring it down, and I know what I’ve got to do, I’ve just been stubborn.
Over the last year, I’ve received hundreds of comments on my numerous social profiles and my blog here, of people that are appreciative of the help I’ve provided them. This inspires me to keep going. The most dear compliment I ever got was from a 4 year old boy who knew I was type 1 diabetic like him, and while sitting on his mommy’s lap looking at her computer screen said “I want to be strong like him when I grow up.” I still get a lump in my throat while writing this. Whew. Wow. Yeah, that’s worth every minute I spend doing this.
In the last quarter of 2013 I’ve picked up the reigns of my Beachbody business, which I put down when I started focusing on diabetes advocacy. I’ve still been using Beachbody workouts all year, but just haven’t been coaching very much. I want to go back to doing that too, and using what I’ve learned to help more people, including non-diabetics, live long healthy lives.
Changes I need to make in the coming year? I need to change what I eat for breakfast, because that’s where my blood sugars are the worst every day. Right after breakfast. So starting tomorrow, Shakeology for breakfast. I would like to break myself of my diet coke addiction, although I’ve tried and tried in the past. Maybe I’ll try hypnotism this year? I also need to get to the dentist and eye doctor. Something I always dread, and sometimes go for more than year between visits. I don’t see myself getting any new diabetes toys or gizmos, but something could surprise me.
“This post is my December entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2013/12/december-dsma-blog-carnival-3/“