Type 1 diabetic for 10 years ╮(╯∀╰)╭

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my early 20’s. Growing up I always had issues with my immune system. I was sick a whole lot. My mom would say “At least you don’t have to give yourself shots everyday!” playing on my extreme fear of needles. So of course, I ended up getting the one disease that exploits my huge phobia, heh. I have an amazing partner that has been my support since day one. I am not sure I would be here today without him doing the shots I needed.

I got pregnant five years ago and have a healthy 5 year old boy today. My pregnancy was tough. I had to have a C-Section so of course I worried about the epidural the entire nine months. My little guy was worth it no doubt and if anything, the entire experience has made me stronger.

I have gotten to a comfortable place of acceptance with my disease. I never could have imagined 11 years ago giving myself shots, getting CGM’s inserted, and starting my training for my first pump in a few weeks. Type 1 sucks but the technology out there makes it bearable. For instance, I bought and used Buzzy, a vibrating distraction from injections, for years to help with my shot phobia. I try to keep up with all the new research and tools to help out. Anything to help relieve the struggle of daily life with type 1.


Hi, welcome to the site!

What kind of pump are you getting?

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Welcome to the forum. I was diagnosed just before my 30th birthday… it has been quite a change of pretty much everything. I never had a big phobia of needles, bet that has been quite a challenge. Glad you joined. I’ll be interested to hear how adapting to pumping goes for you after a decade + of MDI.


I’m getting the Medtronic 670. The company has sort of been difficult. I’m hoping the pump is worth it.

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One of the good things about MDI - it’s super easy to go back. No insurance hassles if you want to return to MDI. If the 670G isn’t right for you, no harm in trying for a while.


Hi Pikachu_Lollipops!

I was also diagnosed late, at 27, and went through 2 pregnancies after diagnosis. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy and had c-sections (and epidurals!) for all three. Pregnancy was hard… motherhood has been even harder. :grin:

I also use the 670 and have spent a LOT of time over the last year figuring it out. I just wanted to offer my help if you find yourself in need. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you around!


Sorry for my curiosity, but what is the meaning of the characters next to your title? Some meme I haven’t run across? Looks to me like an upside down A jumping rope, but I’m sure that isn’t it?

That’s good to know. It seems like it might help with the daily stuff of insulin management but also seems a bit intimidating.

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Aww, thanks for reaching out. I may have questions about it! It seems like a lot to know. The trainer said I can’t start “auto mode” right away which is a bummer. That’s the main reason I wanted to try it. If it’s pretty complicated though, it’s probably for the best.

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Haha, it’s a jemoticon or Japanese emoticon.

Site to check: www. jemoticons. com

Sorry, it won’t let me link it for you.

I searched for ‘Shrugging’ So it’s suppose to be a little guy shrugging his shoulders.