My diabetes story tells a tale of triumph over adversity. When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, there was a sense of urgency that was felt by everyone around me – my doctors, my family, my friends. We all felt that we had to figure out the best was to get this illness under complete control and we were all committed to getting this done with me leading the charge. I felt that there was nothing more important than educating myself and learning all I could about the condition.
I researched and invested in all of the best books that I could find on diabetes including The Joslin Guide to Diabetes, The Diabetes Self-Care Method, The Diabetic Woman, You Can Control Diabetes, and the Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. I read them all from cover to cover. I was determined to become an expert on my diabetes and to learn everything that I could about controlling my diabetes.
I took the same approach to mastering carb counting. I purchased several books that focused on carb counting with extensive list of foods and their carbohydrate content. I studied these list until the carb exchange for many of these foods especially the more typical ones were embedded in my memory. I even invested in a scale so that I could weigh my food to verify the serving size. I also purchased several books on the glycemic index so that I would be able to begin to become completely familiarized with high glycemic and low glycemic content food.
My doctors were there from the beginning to ensure that I received the best care and the best follow-up care available. I attended a series of diabetes education classes. I was also connected to a diabetes educator for more one-on–one sessions.
I adopted a rigorous plan to control my diabetes from the very beginning. One of the key components of the rigorous plan that must be adopted is a mindset that says that I will do what it takes to beat diabetes and not to let diabetes beat me. I truly believe that if the person does not adopt a mindset to beat diabetes at the moment he or she is diagnosed, it becomes, more difficult to do that as the disease progresses and becomes worse.