Each day this week I have the privilege of sharing guests posts from terrific D-Moms, D-Dads, and D-Kids, who are talking back-to-school. This post was originally published August 9, 2011.
Today we have D-Kid Tyler. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know his mom Linda who writes the blog A Cure for Tyler. I love that we now get to hear his own perspective about being diabetic and a high school student!
I am 15 and diabetic; I have been since I was 12. At first it was hard getting used to all the needles and testing your blood sugar and having to take insulin, but after a while, even though you don’t think so, you DO get used to it. The testing and insulin start to hurt a lot less and after a while you don’t even think about taking insulin. It just becomes part of your daily schedule.
At first during school right out of the hospital it was difficult to remember to test before lunch. But if you have teachers, friends, and family as good as I did to help you out, you’ll never feel alone in it.
The only trouble that might go with you through school is the smallest thing ever. It’s like when you are sitting around with your friends and someone says “roadtrip”….well, with diabetes, you can’t just hop in the car and go. You have to plan for it. You have to make sure you have enough insulin & supplies, too. At first it bums me, but after I get on the trip and I’m hanging with my friends, I can forget about the diabetes and just have fun.
Just remember that diabetes is a part of you, but it doesn’t define you. You can be anyone or do anything you want to.
That’s how I roll……….
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