Awesome! I'd love to participate!
How long have you had diabetes?
Only about 6 months.
How old where you when you were diagnosed?
30 years old! It was a complete surprise, and I hadn't even known adults could get it. Even my parents, who are both Registered Nurses, didn't believe it could be T1 when I first called to tell them. Now, I'm amazed by how many of the people with T1 on the forums didn't get this disease until they were adults.
Diabetes is a constant struggle. How do you manage to stay on top of it and not just ignore it?
I think the core secret is finding more motivation than frustration. There are times when I want to throw my glucose meter off the roof of a building, but that's outweighed by my belief that staying on top of my diabetes management will give me just as much chance of living a long, healthy life as someone without diabetes. I want all the same things out of life that I wanted before diagnosis, like becoming a mom, finding my dream job, and growing old with my husband, and I believe I help make that happen every time I test my blood sugar or take insulin.
Also, I've become interested in diabetes and taking advantage of the most up-to-date treatment options like insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, and rapid-acting insulin. I've learned more about the body and metabolism in the past six months than I ever did in school, and it's fascinating! I like learning how to use insulin and consume food to make things in my body work the way they're supposed to. The insulin pump, which is already a great choice for me because I hate needles and love gadgets, lets me deliver insulin more like a healthy pancreas would. The closer I get to seeing "normal" results overall, the more enthusiastic I am about my diabetes management. We all get thrown a curve ball once in a while, but I try and remind myself that even people without diabetes can do a number on their blood sugars through foods that cause sugar spikes and carb crashes. The difference is that their pancreas will take care of those sugar levels before they're in danger, and I just have to do it through my insulin pump instead. (Or as I like to call it, my robo-pancreas!)
(And yes, you can use my name.)