Invisible Illness Week is this week (today is also Constitution Day, so go read our rights as Americans!). Since everyone else has been doing this, and I love memes, I thought I would do it as well:
1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 Diabetes
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: Dec. 23rd, 2002
3. But I had symptoms since: November probably, but only really noticeable from the week leading up to d'x.
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Remembering everything I eat and bolusing for it... And being really OCD about pop/juice and jello, things that may or may not be sugar free.
5. Most people assume:It's easy because they don't really see it...
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Eating something for breakfast.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: The only TV shows I really watch are Doctor Who and Top Gear. Neither are medical.
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: DexCom and/or meter.
9. The hardest part about nights are: DexCom going off and my mom force-feeding me fruit snacks because my blood sugar's like 80.
10. Each day I take 2 pills & 0 vitamins: Plus insulin.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: There aren't any, Dr. Oz and all you liars!
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: I know that I could have much worse illnesses and an invisible one is definitely what I would pick; I don't necessarily have to tell people about it if I don't want to.
13. Regarding working and career: I want to work for Animas or DexCom as a biomedical engineer. I haven't graduated high school yet, so I don't need to worry.
14. People would be surprised to know: I eat a lot of garbage despite diabetes... I really should eat better.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: Having to plan for instances.. Having fruit snacks everywhere, change for when I eat all the fruit snacks, carrying extra infusion sets and all kinds of junk around with me.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: I dunno. I know only of a few things I can't do... Be a commercial airline pilot [which I don't want to be], join the military [which I don't want to; although I'm pretty sure if you were bent on it, they'd figure out something for you], or be an interstate truck driver [but I could be an intrastate truck driver. Go figure.] I've done a lot of stuff that normal people don't really do anyway, so I'm just awesome like that.
17. The commercials about my illness: Medical supply company ads are just annoying. I kind of like the OneTouch ones with BB King...
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: I don't really remember what life was like before, I was all of 8 years old.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: I dunno, again...
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Hockey, incidentally. I started playing in 6th grade, three years after my d'x.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Of being normal, you mean. I would go out and eat/drink a giant Mountain Dew Slurpee, try every flavor of Mountain Dew that I don't get to have, and get a giant ice cream/shake/flurry thing.
22. My illness has taught me: How many carbs are in everything, how lucky I am to have this autoimmune illness and not others.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "My xxxx had that she died/had a leg cut off/is on dialysis/etc" - I don't care, and you're not helping.
24. But I love it when people: Ask questions, remember what I tell them, and pass it on.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: I'm a pessimist, so my quotes tend to be cynical and sarcastic... Probably mostly cynicism and sarcasm that gets me through the day.
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: You're not alone. Diet Mountain Dew is really good.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How rote it becomes. I just do x because I have to, whenever [change site, test, stab, etc.]
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: I don't get sick too often... My mom brought me a shake from Arby's the last time I was 'real-people sick' though.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: A whole bunch of blogger-y people did it too, and I thought it was cool.30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Happy.