Same as my age – an invisible illness week meme

Today is the last day of Invisible Illness Week. Nothing like waiting until the last minute to honor it with a meme.

  1. The illness I live with is: Type 1 diabetes
  2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2003 (February)
  3. But I had symptoms since: possibly Spring 2001, but definitely by April 2002
  4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: putting a little more planning into my activities.
  5. Most people assume: that it is easy because I make this look good
  6. The hardest part about mornings is: knowing that first number is going to determine how I feel for a good part of the day
  7. My favorite medical TV show is: House
  8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: my insulin pump. I mean, I need some sort of insulin delivery system or I truly could not live.
  9. The hardest part about nights is: not being worried about not waking up in the morning.
  10. Each day I take 1 pill(s) & 0 vitamins. I really don’t want to put anything extra into my body that I am already forced to take. My doctor and I discuss what I absolutely need to take.
  11. Regarding alternative treatments I: believe that they can be a supplement but not a replacement for proven medical treatments
  12.  If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: the devil I know instead of the devil I don’t.
  13. Regarding working and career: I love my job but I worry about gaps in insurance when I move on.
  14. People would be surprised to know: about the emotional impact of my illness.
  15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the theoretical changes to any future family planning.
  16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: travel around the world.
  17. The commercials about my illness: don’t phase me too much but it does annoy me when I feel like certain d-celebrities have sold out.
  18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: have juice (for fun) at breakfast
  19. It was really hard to have to give up: I am not sure. I think my mom has been on a diet my entire life so there wasn’t anything like regular soda that I enjoyed previously.
  20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: blogging and all things social media.
  21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: eat and eat and eat and eat.
  22. My illness has taught me: that some of the greatest things can come from some of the worst situations.
  23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: how well I am controlling my diabetes. I don’t think they know how hard it is to appear to have it all together.
  24. But I love it when people: let me know that they were thinking about me.
  25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: Psalm 73:26
  26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: that you can do this.
  27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: the amount of support that is available if you have the time and ability to look for it.
  28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: when a few of my friends brought me a goodie bag in the hospital when I was diagnosed.
  29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: I have an invisible illness.
  30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: like you must be really bored. Thirty questions is a lot to get through.

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