Newly diagnosed real stories
The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes may come as a shock and lead to many questions, such as: Why is this happening to me? How will my life change? How can I regain control? Managing diabetes may seem overwhelming, especially at the time of diagnosis. The key is to learn as much as you can about the condition and to understand the different ways to keep your glucose levels within the target range as much as possible. In this section you can read the real-life stories of other people with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control.
"I was diagnosed 6 years ago and started with multiple daily injections. Although I worked very hard at them, they simply didn’t fit with my lifestyle and I found trying to manage my diabetes frustrating and exhausting. So, when the insulin pump was suggested to me, I was very happy and ready to try it. My HBA1c improved and is still improving, as I learn more tips and ways to use my pump. I realised that if I had started using my pump sooner, I could have achieved better control years earlier. When my daughter Emily was diagnosed last year, I was very glad that she could start on her pump much faster and achieve good control."
"I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 15. In reaction to the diagnosis, I wanted to understand what diabetes was. I wanted to know what it would take for me to go back to the life I had before. It is important to have a proactive mind-set, because the amount of effort you put in to learning about the condition directly affects how good your control and lifestyle will be. There are so many things you can learn about at diagnosis, including an insulin pump, that can help you to live well and take control."
"When I was diagnosed with diabetes I basically went into denial. I was not interested in treating my disease. I simply did not want to admit I had it. But then, a girl I knew developed serious long-term complications because she had not managed her diabetes well. I had just found a doctor who really believed in insulin pump therapy, so I decided to try it. Now, thanks to my insulin pump, I have much better blood glucose control, I live a normal life and best of all, I’m actually looking forward to the future."